Prince Harry will return to the U.S. this spring for the first time since his 2012 Las Vegas nude photo scandal. The third-in-line to the throne will reportedly visit New York City and Washington, D.C. in this first ever official visit to the United States on behalf of the British government, the Telegraph confirms in a Feb. 17 report. “Prince Harry will do a tour this year. He is a brilliant asset however best he can be used for the UK overseas. We will not comment on the location or details of the tour until nearer the time," a royal aide confirms.
The itinerary for Prince Harry's United States trip has not been revealed, but according to reports he'll carry out royal duties on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to boost British trade. Sources say his trip will also include a polo match to support a children's charity he co-founded. His engagements are also expected to reflect his personal interests including war vets and youths.
Prince Harry's visit will come just two months before his brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are expected to welcome their royal baby. According to reports, Harry will be picking up more royal duties in 2013 to make up for some the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have to miss due to the pregnancy and birth of the baby in July. "In addition to his own royal duties, Harry is expecting to step in for William and Catherine for some things they had planned that now won’t be possible because of the baby,” a source is quoted as saying.
Next week, the 28-year-old Apace helicopter pilot will return to royal duties for the first time since returning from Afghanistan with a trip to Africa. His three-day tour will include engagements in Lesotho and South Africa.