US Celebrity news website TMZ has a deliciously succinct three word poll today. It reads, quite simply: Harry. Awesome? Disgraceful?

Oh Harry, you've done it again!

After tens of thousands of reader responses, “Awesome” is winning by a ratio of around 70:30. This confirms something Australians have felt instinctively for some time, which is that the day of the stodgy royal is over. We don’t want beefeaters, we want beefy young blokes with lusty appetites.

The world has changed since the merest sighting of a begloved royal sent us into apoplexy. We still want them to reign over us, or some of us do, but we want them real. When Harry is done inspecting the royal guards and helping the victims of landmines, he’s perfectly entitled to have a nude romp in Las Vegas. In fact, many of us expect nothing less.

Didn’t most of us do that when we were single and in our twenties? Isn’t that exactly what the movie The Hangover was all about? Fact is, the more Harry steps out of line, the more he’s in line with our own expectations. The world loves him, and nobody moreso than us colonials down here in the Antipodes. Here’s why:

He served his country
And he did it with distinction until New Idea blew the caper. The truly shocking aspect of this episode is that it was the first true news story New Idea had ever run.

He looks more like these guys than he looks like his brother. Pic: AP

He’s apologised for his gaffes
He went to a party dressed as a Nazi and has used words like Raghead and “our little Paki friend”, none of which was particularly becoming of a young royal. But Harry does a good line in contrition, and besides all that…

To be fair, beige IS his colour. Pic: AFP

He loved his Mum
Just like all good boys.

Diana's funeral in 1997. Pic: AFP

He’s an awesome brother
By all accounts he organised the world’s best buck’s night for his brother, than behaved impeccably at the wedding, being perhaps the only man in the world not to ogle the bride’s sister’s bottom.

Eyes front and centre Harry, attaboy. Pic: AFP

He parties…
As you do when you’re 27, whether at sporting competitions or elsewhere.

Harry was everywhere at the Olympics. Pic: AAP

Then parties some more…
As much as he enjoyed the team pursuit at the Olympic velodrome, other forms of pursuit also interest the young prince.

The young prince has always tried to keep abreast of world affairs

Then parties yet more with increasingly cool people…
If you could hang out with Usain Bolt, you would too.

Are u sayin' you're as fast as me? Pic: AP

He actually inhaled
And he was just 17 at the time, but come on, it’s a rite of passage for all of us. At least he got off the stuff.

He's no dope these days

He supports serious causes
His work with wounded soldiers has earned him a humanitarian award.

Pic: AP

He scratches his nuts in public
Admittedly this is hardly exemplary behaviour, but if our national cricket team has taught us anything, it’s that it’s OK to do in public. Apparently. There’s actually a famous photo of Harry adjusting the jewels at a polo match which we’re far too classy to show you. Instead, here’s a pic of the valiant prince atop a fine steed.

We have unconfirmed reports that Harry named his horse Hoof Hearted

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    • Ian says:

      02:27pm | 22/08/12

      And right on cue, here come the Anglophobes!

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      03:21pm | 22/08/12

      Anglophobia implies a fear of the Anglo-Saxon race. Australians may not care about the English or even actively dislike / hate the English but I doubt there is anyone in the world that has a fear of the English. English pub food on the other hand….....

    • Babylon says:

      04:38pm | 22/08/12

      he’s Hewitts son isn’t he?

    • Baloo says:

      02:36pm | 22/08/12

      IMO the only points we should take notice of are; he served his country and he supports serious causes

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      02:44pm | 22/08/12

      Good on him. If I were royalty I’d be organising orgies every other weekend. And to reference a point I raised in another article today I’d also hold gladiator style events in my honor, bring the kids. Oh and free beer for everyone!

    • Cobbler says:

      02:47pm | 22/08/12

      You forgot to mention he’s a parasite on the public dime.

      This obsession with royalty really needs to be evolved out of for the betterment of society.

    • Tropical says:

      03:38pm | 22/08/12

      Perhaps you would like to volunteer to be his helicopter co pilot for his next tour of duty to Aghanistan?
      Thought not… hero.

    • Bomb78 says:

      04:05pm | 22/08/12

      Cobbler: not sure his royal allowance would afford him VIP suites in Vegas. More likely a distribution from his fathers PRIVATE income sources - the only difference between him and any other rich kid is he actively balances the ledger thorough both charity work and putting his arse on the front line.

    • Dan says:

      04:56pm | 22/08/12

      @Tropical - yeah they always put the royals right in the line of fire. How many have actually come back in a bodybag in the last 500 years or so???

      It must be those superior genes helping them dodge the IEDs

    • Cobbler says:

      05:07pm | 22/08/12

      Nice one Tropical,

        you may have noticed that last time he supposedly went on a tour he was there about a week when the nannies rushed in and declared him too important to be in danger.

      That whole thing was a pathetic PR campaign designed to suck saps like you in.

    • Al says:

      03:01pm | 22/08/12

      How about:
      Harry - Awesomely disgraceful AND disgracefuly awesome!

      Or simply - Human.

    • Simon says:

      03:04pm | 22/08/12

      So in summation, he’s real, and seems a ripping bloke at that. 

      He’s also now, by female reports, the hotter of the two Kings in waiting, which was not always the case.  The ugly duckling turned good.  What’s not to love about Hazza?

    • Johnny says:

      03:14pm | 22/08/12

      Go Harry. He very cool, I do the same if I was him.

    • iansand says:

      03:15pm | 22/08/12

      Can someone explain why we should give a rats?

    • SM says:

      03:58pm | 22/08/12

      No.  No-one can

    • C says:

      03:24pm | 22/08/12

      Who is paying for all this top-shelf boozing, high-roller partying, the VIP suites, first-class travel and private palaces? Tell you what, if I were a hard-working Brit and I had to put up with breathless reports about this clown jetting around the world getting pissed in resorts I’d be a bit put out.

    • Days says:

      03:49pm | 22/08/12

      But you’re not.

    • Scottie says:

      03:55pm | 22/08/12

      Do you not think he deserves to be paid for all the work he does??
      He would work alot harder than these “hard-working brits” you mentioned.

    • Budz says:

      04:11pm | 22/08/12

      He gets a certain income given to him, how he spends that income is completely up to him.

    • sam says:

      05:06pm | 22/08/12

      You seen what has become of Britiish society? They are too busy complaining about travellers on the heaths and Pakistani famiilies being given temporary homes in Kensington. If it isn’t welfare then OH&S regulation stupidity or human rights violations allowing serial killers to stay in blighty as their home country prisons are too dark or complaining about paying obscene amounts to footballers while austerity requires granny to only have 2 gov funded taxi trips a week. I don’t think they will care much about Harry’s party.

    • Ally says:

      03:28pm | 22/08/12

      Surely the idea of a “stodgy royal” has only been around since Victoria? And there’s only been a more intrusive look at the royals in the last hundred years or so that’s forced them to put on this public display of restraint.

      Seriously, history is littered with royals that shagged around and liked to have a jolly good time of it, all while not giving a toss if the peasants ate or not. Compared with them, Harry is an absolute saint. Besides, he’s currently third in line to the throne and is unlikely to be king, so who gives a toss what he does?

    • thatmosis says:

      03:29pm | 22/08/12

      So, this is what constitutes a ripping bloke nowadays, what a disgrace and a sponger to boot. He may have served his country etc but that doesn’t permit him to be a clown at the tax payers expense. I dislike the Royal family intensely as they are all parasites but he is part of that family and should act accordingly not like some yobbo out on a binge.

    • Gordon says:

      03:38pm | 22/08/12

      Anyone who doesn’t make a quick adjustment to the family jewels before getting on a horse will soon learn that avoidance of pain comes before ettiquette.

    • VJR says:

      03:47pm | 22/08/12

      Good old harry having a great time while the UK sinks further into the mud with unemployment hitting thousands of his subjects.  What a dumb arse he is.  The heavies at the Palace told him to be a good little boy during his grandmothers celebrations and the olympics but it seems the gloves are off and it’s back to party time.  He certainly is Awesome.

    • sunny says:

      03:53pm | 22/08/12

      I don’t know if anyone else is the same, but every time I put on a polo shirt I really do feel like playing polo. I’m thinking of buying a mallet.

    • Daniel says:

      03:57pm | 22/08/12

      Good on ya Harry! The perfect gentleman when he needs to be and not affraid to enjoy life at the same time. Seems so genuine, not like our politicians.

    • franklin says:

      03:58pm | 22/08/12

      Given Prince Harry’s personality, aptitudes and attributes what would his achievements in life have been if he would have been born on a council estate instead of being born in the royal family ???

    • Dav says:

      04:18pm | 22/08/12

      Perhaps he would still be fighting in Afganistan? Funny how the Royal Family understands that if they expect their subjects sons and daughters to fight for ‘Queen and country’ then they need to send their own children as well. You won’t see that from the wealthy leaders in the US, or even from our politicians.

    • John F says:

      04:08pm | 22/08/12

      I can’t believe he is Charles’s son, he’s Major James Hewitt’s son. Compare the 2. In any case, good on him for having a good time wile he’s young.

    • Josieanne says:

      04:32pm | 22/08/12

      John F, if you look at Diana’s family, they are all red-headed.  So what other proof do you have?

    • Stephan says:

      04:42pm | 22/08/12

      Actually if you look at the photo above with him and his uncle, you can see where that look comes from. It makes sense upon reflection that he can resemble his uncle as opposed to James Hewitt.

    • Tropical says:

      05:00pm | 22/08/12

      Actually this story about Harris awsome. it shows at the Punch that ther is nothing really of interest to write about. You know things like the PM/Slater & Gordon/ex boyfriends/missing union funds/AWU/dodgy union bloke doing renovations/not following correct legal procedures and the list goes on.
      Yep it really is a dumbed down news day at the Punch.

    • Servaas says:

      07:33pm | 22/08/12

      This article should read: Australians lack class and are delighted when they recognise similar tendencies in others. Not that the statement is true but that’s what the article implies.


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