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Nearly two years ago, the tabloid press reported that Prince Harry had a crush on Cheryl Cole.

Now it turns out that those feelings are mutual.

“I love Prince Harry,” Cole said in this week’s Marie Claire UK.

But lest anyone think it’s the general sort of admiration that the prince has been getting over the past several weeks, the singer said even thinks of Harry in her sleep.

“Actually, I had a dream last night I married Prince Harry and was a real life princess!” said the singer, who is on Marie Claire’s cover.

Cole does charity work with Prince Charles, Harry’s father, but she pointed out that in her dream, “Charles was my father-in-law instead of my charity partner!”

In other news about Prince Harry:

An American businessman has reason for an entirely different sort of adulation for Prince Harry. Defense contractor Bash Kazi told the Washington Post that “Harry is a fabulous person.”

Kazi was playing polo in Brazil last month when, during a horse collision, he was thrown from his mount onto the ground.

Prince Harry, on the opposing team, rushed to Kazi’s aid.

“Prince Harry was the first one off his horse, doing the right thing, turning me over to make sure I regained consciousness,” Kazi said. “I remember waking up with these piercing blue eyes looking at me.”

Kazi appeared to be a bit embarrassed over all the fuss, and later assured the press that a CAT scan revealed that he was okay. But the Daily Mail said that a British Red Cross official suggested that the prince could have saved Kazi’s life.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid for the organization pointed out that, given Harry’s military experience, “he’s presumably had good training in basic trauma care – so it’s not surprising he knew what to do.”

The Mail also pointed out that Harry might have been thinking about the time his father, Prince Charles, was knocked unconscious during a polo match in Gloucestershire in 2001.

• As you’ll remember, Prince William participated in a dramatic nighttime rescue at sea as part of his job, but with all the attention that his younger brother’s been getting recently, it was only a matter of time before someone asked whether William might be receding into the background a bit.

That someone is the Daily Mail – which ran a headline the other day about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge suggesting that they’ve become a bit boring: “Yes, they’re madly in love – but, whisper it, have Mr and Mrs Wales got just a tad middle-aged?”

The evidence for this, according to the paper, is that at the ripe old ages of 29 and 30, they’ve decided to take their vacation time – skiing in the French Alps – with Kate’s parents, brother James, and, reportedly, sister Pippa. And then they’ll return to their home in Anglesey, where, without servants, they’ll spend quiet time together.

• Prince Harry is getting some love from South Africa as well, where the Cango Wildlife Ranch has just named a pygmy hippo calf after the third in line to the throne.

The park’s manager, Rob Hall, said he wanted to honor the prince because “he shows true grit and is passionate about Africa.”

Hall says the hippo, whose birth weight was 11 pounds, “is already proving he’s made of similar stuff and is determined to make the most of life.” (via People)

The following video isn’t of the hippo Harry, but of another baby pygmy hippo named Monifa:


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By Paul Hechinger