Oh, Prince Harry, you pretty prankster.
The royal jokester, who's been out and about in New Zealand, was at it again this week. While visiting Turn Your Life Around, a youth development center, the prince went to place a purple handprint on the wall. Instead, the giddy royal planted a handprint on photographer Arthur Edwards's head! Of course (and thankfully!), the cameras caught the funny exchange.
And even though you might think someone in the press might be a little irked to get his bald head covered in paint, c'mon, it was the Hand of Harry. It was an honor.
And besides, when you're anywhere near Prince Harry, you've gotta be armed and ready for some pranks. He's got quite the resume...
He's a World-Class Photobomber
Surely, you must remember Prince Harry's viral photobomb at the Commonwealth Games last year. You don't? Well, this photo should jog your memory. Do you see him in the back?
He Executes Old-School Pranks
According to Sky News, Prince Harry used his pranking prowess while enlisting the help of Prince William to record a message on Queen Elizabeth II's answering machine. It reportedly said, "Hey wassup! This is Liz, sorry I'm away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three." The Daily Star (via Sky News) said the queen even thought it was funny.
He Makes Cracks on Live TV
Prince Harry told BBC News that his brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, would run the London Marathon, which set up some serious expectations! Later, the BBC noted a Clarence House spokesman said Harry's words "were in jest" — typical of Harry! People also reported Kate had a sassy reply for her brother-in-law: "I think William's going to have to do something to get him back."
He Gets Naked
Nothing says "I'm a jokester" quite like having a naked pool party at the Wynn in Las Vegas filled with "strip billiards," drugs, drinks, and controversy! TMZ got their hands on some leaked photos of the prince (and threw down the pun gauntlet when they wrote Harry had "put the crown jewels on display"), and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said a source told the paper that "something pretty gigantic" was going on. (The Review-Journal also noted how it was speculated hotel magnate Steve Wynn took care of the bill for the young royal; reportedly, Wynn's spokesperson flatly denied it.) The real issue, of course, was how Prince Harry's behavior would affect his royal image.
OK, so this wasn't exactly a prank; it was a scandal. But it's pretty clear Harry is up for anything. And it was all in good fun, right? So long as no one gets hurt? Er... that's up for debate, so we'll just leave you with one more reason why he can get away with pulling pranks thanks to his adorably saucy demeanor...
He Knows How to Write a Speech and (When Not to) Throw in a Joke
Remember when he was the best man at the Royal Wedding in 2011? According to sources who spoke to The Daily Mail, his best man speech was appropriately touching, but also funny, as he referred to his brother as "The Dude." (Although, the site said a source claimed Prince Harry did discard a rather scandalous joke about Kate's legs.) Isn't that the ultimate sign of a funny guy? Knowing how to give something sentimental the right tone, and knowing what jokes ought to be excised? Prince Harry is the ultimate toastmaster — and a total prankster.
Folks — like photographer Arthur Edwards — should consider themselves lucky to be (literally) touched by the pranking hands of Prince Harry.