In Las Vegas, Prince Harry wary of female attention
By Bill Zwecker August 20, 2012 7:50PM
Updated: September 22, 2012 6:15AM
Britain’s Prince Harry is pretty savvy when it comes to today’s 24/7 social media world — as indicated by some comments the prince made while partying in Las Vegas over the weekend.
The popular Harry was seen splashing around in the private pool area of the MGM Grand during a return to “Sin City” — which the prince discovered and fell in love with during a U.S. visit last winter for special helicopter flight training with American troops. While quite a few attractive women overtly tried to engage the young royal, my source (who was there) tells me Harry handled it all very politely and skillfully. He was overheard telling one of his security aides he had to be careful or else he’d be “up on Twitter or Facebook or YouTube thanks to somebody’s mobile phone camera.”
Harry had no sooner said that than a young woman jumped into the pool. “She acted like she didn’t know she was almost on top of Harry, but it was pretty obvious she was just trying to meet him,” said the source. “Harry kept his cool ... just smiled and said hello, but kept his distance.”
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