Prince Harry is no fan of selfies, and any young fans hoping to snap a picture with the British royal may want to keep that in mind from now on.
During a trip to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra this week, Prince Harry was mobbed by fans, many of them snapping photographs. One young fan wanted to take a selfie with him, but Prince Harry abruptly turned her down.
“I hate selfies,” Prince Harry told the young girl in a moment caught on video. “Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you are young, selfies are bad. Just take a normal photograph.”
Prince Harry is visiting Australia to start four weeks of boot camp with the nation’s military. He will spend time with troops in Sydney, Darwin, and Perth in what was described as a “challenging program” that includes work with Australian special forces and Aboriginal soldiers.
There is more than just military training. Prince Harry will also spend time working with wounded soldiers, which coincides with the charity work he does back home in Britain.
Prince Harry got quite a welcome, touring the First World War and Afghanistan Galleries at the Australian War Memorial met members of the public. The Queen event thanked the Australian military for taking in Prince Harry for the training.
“I am delighted that the long and enduring association between the Australian and British armies will be joined by the military secondment of my grandson, Prince Harry,” she said in a message. “Together, our armed forces share skills, resources and resolve in order to uphold and defend our common values.”
“In 2015, when together we commemorate the many sacrifices of our countrymen at Gallipoli a century ago, it is fitting that we can also reflect on the strength and persistence today of those common values and our professional military ties.”
“I know that Captain Wales will benefit greatly from spending time with the Australian Diggers and I thank you for welcoming him into your ranks. Elizabeth R.”
But despite the real goal of the trip, most of the headlines since his arrival were about how Prince Harry hates selfies. Some noted it was an odd stance for him to take, especially among someone who has been in trouble thanks to cell phone photography in the past. After all, it was Harry who decided to play strip poker in Las Vegas in a room full of cell phone cameras back in 2013.
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