Prince Harry aiming to steer clear of controversy on New York trip
Britain's Prince Harry will be in New York for a whirlwind tour Friday and it seems the hard-partying Royal will be on a short leash.
The 24-year-old son of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, who has caused his share of scandals, will spend about 36 hours in Gotham, his schedule packed with sober-minded photo-ops before he returns home.
He will meet with families of 9/11 victims at Ground Zero, plant a tree at the British Garden at Hanover Square, meet with veterans and then visit the Harlem Children's Zone before playing in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor's Island Saturday.An active member of the military who served in Afghanistan, Harry, whos third in line to the throne, will miss the lavish post-polo party Saturday night.
"Prince Harry's visit will help reinforce the strong commercial, cultural and historical links that New York enjoys with the United Kingdom, said Alan Collins, the British consul general in New York.
Given some of the prince's more notorious lapses in judgment, heres three places he should probably steer clear of:
The Holocaust Museum and Studies Center, Bronx. Harry provoked outrage in 2005 when he attended a costume party wearing a swastika.
Pakistan Tea House. The prince may not be so welcome at this popular TriBeCa restaurant after a video surfaced earlier this year in which he referred to a fellow soldier as our little Paki friend. He also told a cadet he look(s) like a rag head.
Meatpacking district. This trendy neighborhood is crawling with celebrities and models on Saturday nights but Harry - whose love of the nightlife has been well-chronicled in the British tabloids - will have to skip it this time.
Britain's Daily Mail reported that Harry's staff would keep him away from nightclubs.
Quite frankly I think he will be cream-crackered and will want a good night's kip, his private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, told the paper.