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Sunday, November 2, 1997 Published at 14:22 GMT


Harry's a real hit with Spice Girls

The girls made sure Prince Harry was included in the fun

Prince Harry is the envy of every 13-year-old boy after meeting the Spice Girls, in South Africa.

The younger son of the Prince of Wales was a big hit with Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, who held Harry's hand and kissed him tenderly on the cheek.

Then the young prince went with his father to see the chart-topping band sing at a charity concert in Johannesburg.

Charles had earlier been reunited with Harry, who had been on safari in Botswana with his former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, and a schoolfriend.

Harry accompanied Charles when he opened a new Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg.

Father and son spent a private hour together in a suite at the hotel then toured the building.

Later, with his father's arm discreetly guiding him, Prince Harry emerged into the world's spotlight for the first time since his mother's funeral.

[ image: Harry, who brought a school friend with him, gave the girls his closest attention]
Harry, who brought a school friend with him, gave the girls his closest attention

He should have been with Diana, Princess of Wales, for half-term but faced with the choice of leaving him behind in England, Prince Charles decided to bring him along to see South Africa and the Spice Girls.

Harry, wearing a a dark blue two-piece suit and tie, cut a fragile little figure as he watched his father kiss each of them and thank them for playing free at the Two Nations concert.

But the girls were quick to include him in the fun, with three of them fussing around him while Sporty Spice wiped the lipstick from his father's cheek.

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BBC court correspondent Jenny Bond says this is just the sort of occasion Harry would have come to with his mother.

"By bringing him Prince Charles is showing, in some small way, how her influence lives on."

Earlier the Girls had caused havoc when they met both Prince Charles and President Mandela. Protocol went out of the window and there was mutual admiration in abundance.

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Nelson, 79: "You're just being kind to an old man." Geri: "You're as young as the girl you feel - and I'm 25."

Nelson Mandela said the Spice Girls were his heroes. Then Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, said the President believed in Girl Power and that he was also the band's idol.

"There's a speech that Nelson Mandela did - I can't remember exactly - in which he mentions never suppress yourself, never make yourself feel small - and that's what Girl Power is all about.

"I think we are all on the same level!" she said.

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