Prince Harry Meets Rihanna As Barbados Celebrates 50 Years Of Independence

Prince Harry’s royal visit of the Caribbean continued Tuesday with a stop in Barbados to honour the island nation’s 50th anniversary of gaining independence from Britain. While Prince Harry has typically been the biggest celebrity on hand during this royal tour, this time he found his star power eclipsed by someone who is arguably even more famous: Rihanna, who returned to her native land to attend the landmark ceremony.

The prince and the pop star greeted each other warmly during the “Toast to the Nation” celebration to mark the occasion, shaking hands and chatting, with Rihanna reportedly saying, “Hello, it’s very nice to meet you.”

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From the look on charmed prince’s face, it would appear he’s a fan:

Kensington Palace also chronicled their meeting on Snapchat:


Although reporters on the scene weren’t privy to the prince’s conversation with Rihanna, Harry also read a special message from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Barbados,” said the Queen in her message, as related by Harry. “Our countries have a shared history, shared values and an affection which continues to bind us. On this day of celebration, I send my congratulations to you on your Golden Jubilee of Independence.”

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