Prince Harry, third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, will make his first official visit to the United States at the end of this month. He'll be here to participate in the second annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on May 30. His visit will also correspond with the 400th anniversary of New York (whatever that means) and opening day of Governors Island, and will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, a U.S.-based charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa. In case you didn't know this was going to be a big deal, London's Daily Mail laid it out a week ago when they first reported the visit:
Harry, who is one of the most popular members of the Royal Family, has a huge following in America. Stories of his exploits and romantic entanglements frequently make the front pages of the country's best-selling magazines and newspapers. The country still views his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, with enormous adulation and recent visits by the Queen and, to a lesser extent, Prince Charles literally stopped traffic.
Mmmm. See, this is why the British don't really understand Americans. It's not his exploits, or romantic entanglements, or even his mother or grandmother that explains why we love him. It's that he is gorgeous. Ten years ago, the youth were gaga about Prince William, but then that thing happened to his hair — and shortly after, a completely different and wonderful thing happened to Harry's torso (probably from his military training, which makes it even hotter), and presto! America has a new favorite prince. Long live the Ginger Fox!