Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Prince Harry & the Prime Minister tour Manhattan on a Borismaster Bus to promote British business

PM David Cameron and Prince Harry
Ticket to ride ... PM David Cameron and Prince Harry on London Routemaster in New York

PRINCE Harry was bussed into New York with David Cameron to plug UK firms in America yesterday — on a London double-decker.

They rode through the city on the Routemaster as part of a campaign to showcase British commercial and cultural successes.

The pair were also presented with “mini-me” dolls of themselves.

Major players ... Prince Harry and PM David Cameron's lookalike toys

Mr Cameron, 46, joked that the 14ft-high bus narrowly missed the clutter of street signs and lights as they drove to a Manhattan meeting.

He said: “I was worried that we were either going to lose Prince Harry or the traffic lights.”

The pair met entrepreneurs and were given the £90 lookalike dolls by UK firm MakieLab.

Army captain Harry, 28, who notoriously stripped naked in Las Vegas last year, pretended to look aghast.

Prince Harry & PM David Cameron
Just my lark ... Prince Harry grimaces as he and PM David Cameron hold dolls

Maker Jo Roach said: “He was impressed we got his Army Air Corps cap right, but he thought it looked a bit French, so adjusted it on the side.”

Mr Cameron jokingly moaned his doll’s hair had been brushed forward.

Jo — who has had £100,000 of Government funding — told him: “We’re trying to modernise you.” The PM replied: “I’ll take that tip on board.”

Mr Cameron later revealed that Britain has clinched a deal with US drugs giant Pfizer to become a global test site for medicines. Newcastle Hospitals Trust will hold the first clinical trials.

Prince Harry
'Prince of Harlem' ... Harry yesterday

Meanwhile, Harry was last night hailed as “Prince Harry of Harlem” after hitting a home run at a community sports project.

He took on New York Yankees star Mark Teixeira — and nearly hit him out of the park.

The baseball star said: “He knew what he was doing. He’s a natural.”

Jolita Brettler, nine, said: “We were like ‘Wow!’. Who thinks a prince is going to play baseball?”

Harry earlier visited seaside resort Mantoloking in New Jersey, where all 521 homes were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October — and Seaside Heights where TV’s Jersey Shore is filmed.


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