Jackaroo Harry parties down in the big smoke
By BEN JOHNSON and PHILLIP KOCH
16 November 2003
IT was a right royal red face that greeted Sydney yesterday when Prince Harry was spotted outside a Kings Cross strip club at 3am.
"No photos please," requested one of his six bodyguards.
But then Prince Harry, 19, wasn't looking his best – grabbing one bodyguard's shirt to remain upright when he left a nightclub.
He had been at Hugo's Lounge, a nightclub above strip club Dancer's Cabaret, in the heart of Sydney's red light district.
"We set him up a little VIP area on the terrace and he was having a great time," confirmed maitre'd Michael Brayshaw.
"At first he was drinking Verve Clicquot and then he was helping himself from the bar. He did not want to be babysat and was just happy to be amongst it. He was chatting to everyone and allowing them to have a snapshot."
Prince Harry flew into Sydney from Roma in Queensland about 9pm – and began partying immediately.
He was taken straight to Paddington's London Tavern where he was reunited with his first cousins, Princess Anne's children Peter and Zara Phillips, at a private function.
The 80 guests included SEL entertainment group managing director James Erskine, who is a close family friend of Princess Anne's former husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Mr Erskine previously has played host to Peter and Zara Phillips at his $10 million waterfront mansion in Vaucluse.
Prince Harry spent the past month working as a jackaroo on a western Queensland station for a "gap" year break before he returns to England.
While he was at the London Tavern he seemed very relaxed, perched on a windowsill, drinking beer, smoking and enjoying the company of a group of young women.
The third in line for the English throne then kicked on to Hugo's Lounge – and was seen stumbling out of the hip nightclub about 3am,
But it is the Rugby World Cup that has brought the royal teenager and passionate sports fan to Sydney.
Prince Harry will be at Telstra Stadium at Homebush tonight to watch England do battle with France in the remaining semi-final.
The prince, who played rugby at Eton, is likely to spend at least another week in Sydney before returning to Queensland.
He is expected to play for Young England against Young Australia in the 2003 Polo Test Match at Windsor Polo Club in Richmond next Sunday.