Prince Harry’s tour of the Caribbean has taken him to St Vincent and the Grenadines today where he visited a botanical garden in the capital city – said to be the oldest tropical gardens in the western world.
Covering 20 acres, the lush, green visitor attraction was first laid out in 1765 by General Robert Melville.
The garden was originally designed as a plant breeding centre ‘to provide medicinal plants for the military and improve the life and economy of the colony’.
He arrived to children singing: ‘We are known for sun, sea and hospitality.’
When they returned to the chorus: ‘We love you St Vincent’, Harry started mouthing along the words and bobbing his head to the music.
Harry couldn’t keep his hands away from one lady.
But his girlfriend Meghan Markle need not worry because the woman in question was a parrot named ‘Polly’.
When she greeted him with many ‘Hellos’, Harry went further still and tried putting his hand inside the cage.
And when she looked like she was going to nip his hand, he said: ‘Naughty!’.
As the prince turned his back, Polly started squawking and the royal had to appease her by putting a finger to his mouth and saying: ‘Shhh’.
In the interior of the island Harry will visit the Vermont Nature Trail and walk a short part of the route hikers worldwide travel to the country to enjoy, and unveil a plaque dedicating the area to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Later on a St Vincent beach the Prince will hear from local schoolchildren about the various conservation projects they are involved in to help preserve endangered sea turtles.
Harry is on a 15-day tour of the Caribbean and has been travelling for some of the trip on RFA Wave Knight a tanker on anti-narcotics and disaster relief duty in the area.