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Australia: Red head Prince Harry is proud of his roots

By Tony Jones

Published 07/04/2015

Prince Harry reacts after shaking hands with children holding up a sign reading ‘Red Heads RULE!’ during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra yesterday
Prince Harry reacts after shaking hands with children holding up a sign reading ‘Red Heads RULE!’ during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra yesterday
The prince places a poppy at the Roll of Honour tribute

Prince Harry has declared "selfies are bad", during a jovial walkabout as he greeted hundreds of well-wishers who gathered to catch a glimpse of him as he arrived in Australia.

The prince, who spent around 20 minutes shaking hands and speaking to those who braved the rain to see him, advised a teenage admirer to give up the trend for snapping self-portraits.

"Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you're young, but selfies are bad," he said as the crowd laughed. Harry will be leaving the UK's armed forces in June, and started a four-week placement with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) by laying a wreath at the country's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canberra in honour of the nation's war dead before reporting for duty.

During Harry's walkabout in Canberra, he also spoke to Ethan Toscan who had brought along a banner stating: "Red Heads RULE!" The prince said being a redhead "has to be the number one thing one person can ever be", according to Ethan, who is also ginger-haired.

"He said that I was fabulous in making the sign and it's awesome to be a redhead," said the 12-year-old, who also earned a high five.

"I'm over the moon - it's just wow! I got to shake his hand!"

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