Prince Harry and Rihanna have joined forces to promote the ongoing need for action in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In light of World AIDS Day, the 32-year-old red-headed royal and 28-year-old pop star took finger prick tests at the Man Aware event in Bridgetown, Barbados, where they both tested negative. “You made it seem like it hurts,” Rihanna said to Prince Harry. “It’s not as painful as you said this morning.”
This marks the second time in five months that the young royal has taken a test in public to lessen the stigma surrounding the disease. Back in July, Prince Harry shared a video to the British royal family’s official Facebook page getting an HIV blood test.
As part of his 15-day royal tour of the Caribbean, which will wrap in Guyana this weekend, Prince Harry also attended an annual Toast the Nation event in the Barbados capital in celebration of the country’s 50 years of independence, which Rihanna attended.
During the event, the prince read a message on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, which paid tribute to the people of Barbados: “Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Barbados. On this day of celebration, I send my congratulations to you on your Golden Jubilee of Independence.”
Prince Harry and Rihanna later shared the stage at a concert Wednesday evening on the Kensington Oval cricket grounds, where Rihanna sang the Barbados national anthem and Prince Harry gave a welcome speech in front of a crowd of approximately 20,000.