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Thursday, April 16, 1998 Published at 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK


Spicy teatime treat for Harry
image: [ The Spice Girls are firm favourites with Prince Harry and Prince Charles ]
The Spice Girls are firm favourites with Prince Harry and Prince Charles

The Spice Girls dropped by for afternoon tea with the Prince of Wales and his son Prince Harry.

The five stars flew in to the Prince's Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire by helicopter.

After touching down on the landing pad near to the Cotswold mansion, the group hurried inside on a cold and wet afternoon.

[ image: First smitten after seeing the girls in South Africa]
First smitten after seeing the girls in South Africa
With Prince William preparing for a new term at Eton, it was left to 13-year-old Harry to play host to the group, whom he first met in South Africa last year.

As well as being a treat for the young Prince, it is thought the visit is a thank you for the help the pop stars have given to the Prince's Trust.

The Spice Girls who are currently on tour took time off from their busy schedule for the teatime treat.

[ image: Getting to know you: Prince Charles and Scary Spice]
Getting to know you: Prince Charles and Scary Spice
Prince Charles wrote to the Fab Five earlier this year with the invitation to thank them for their support of his Prince's Trust charity.

Prince Harry was thrilled when he first met the band after they performed a charity concert for the Prince's Trust in South Africa last November.

He received a hug from all of them, but scored a big hit with Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, who kissed him on the cheek.

[ image: Girl power: fans wait for a glimpse outside Highgrove]
Girl power: fans wait for a glimpse outside Highgrove
Prince Charles is also big fan of the group after meeting them on four previous occasions.

He described the Johannesburg concert as the "second best day of my life."

When he was asked what was his best day, he said; "meeting them for the first time."

Prince William was first introduced to the band when he and his brother met the girls backstage after seeing the London premiere of the band's film Spice World, The Movie.


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