Prince Harry's first day in New York City was a success, based on the comments from people who met with the 24-year-old. During his stop at the World Trade Center site to survey Ground Zero yesterday, he spoke with relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Monica Iken, whose husband was killed on September 11, 2001, told the Post, "He was really concerned; he feels the pain of the victims. He wanted to hear my story. It was unbelievable he took the time to visit and make this his first stop. He said this is what he wanted to do; he wanted to visit the memorial."
The prince, who is third in line for the throne, left a wreath of flowers and a note—"In respectful memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and in admiration of the courage shown by the people of this great city on that day" (signed Harry)—at the site before heading to the British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square and visiting a firehouse. There were also some adoring fans gathered: Among the royal watchers, 25-year-old Rutgers student, holding a "NYC ♥ Prince Harry" sign," caught the attention of the NY Times. Roseanne Krylowski explained, "I’m hoping to have a detailed conversation that ends with him asking for a date." (Alas, there was no fairy tale ending for her.)
At the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Prince Harry met with war veterans. The AP reports, "He shook hands with Paul Yarbrough, a double amputee with two prosthetic arms, and jokingly pretended his grip was too tight, crying out in pain. He then watched the 42-year-old Gulf War veteran pick up a bottle of orange Snapple and drink it."
Today, Prince Harry visited the Harlem Children's Zone—where the kids set up an obstacle course for him to run through in the gym—and is now at Governors Island to play at the second annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic. NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, who is emceeing at the festivities at Governors Island, took this photo of Prince Harry "in really bad light" a half hour ago.