Prince Harry sparks 'Harrymania' in Australia


Britain's Prince Harry sparked a wave of “Harrymania” during his visit to Australia at the weekend.

The handsome royal was a huge hit with locals during his whistle-stop 36-hour tour of the country over the weekend, earning him the title of "people's prince" from national newspapers.

Harry took part in the International Fleet Review at Sydney Harbour on Saturday to mark the centenary of the Australian navy's entry into the harbour, before jetting off to Perth to attend a memorial for fallen special forces soldiers on Sunday.

Harry was greeted by crowd of well-wishers during his visit, several of whom jokingly offered him their daughter's hand in marriage.

Even new Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughters weren't immune to the flame-haired royal's charms as they attended an official engagement at Admiral House in Kirribilli, Sydney.

Upon introducing Harry to his daughters, Frances (22) and 20-year-old Bridget, Abbott enthused, "They're both very excited to see you."

Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia, described the 29-year-old prince as "a delightful young man, full of energy", revealing he’d asked him where to find the best surfing spot.

Journalist Andrew Hornery summed up the importance of Harry's solo visit in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, writing, "His popularity is not necessarily exclusive to the tea-sipping, twin-set brigade of the monarchists. No, he's a hit with a younger generation living in a world of social media feeds and celebrity obsession.

"This is a good thing for the royal family, which for a while there was a little on the nose [unpleasant] for many Australians, who found the idea of a king or queen in a far-off land sitting at the helm of our modern democracy more than just a little bit irritating." -Bang Showbiz Share your thoughts:

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