- Prince Harry, 32, is nearing the end of his 15-day tour of the Caribbean
- Helped Barbados toast 50 years of independence alongside Rihanna
- Was greeted by a downpour as he touched down in the country yesterday
- He earlier visited children at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown
Prince Harry came face-to-face with music royalty yesterday when he met Rihanna in Barbados.
And it seems that the pair became fast friends as, following their meet in the afternoon, enjoyed an evening at a concert together.
The songstress joined the royal for a Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert at the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground on Wednesday night.
Their visit marked the royal’s tenth day of his two week official visit to the Caribbean.
With his visit to Barbados coming to an end Harry looked determined to make the most of his evening with the Diamonds singer.
And the singer stunned in a voluminous pleated cream dress as the pair joined the Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart.
The prince had met Rihanna early that same day where he looked delighted to be introduced to the songstress at an event marking 50 years of the country’s independence.
A smartly-dressed Harry was attending the Prime Minister’s Toast to the Nation at St Ann’s Fort where the pair were pictured shaking hands.
Barbadian beauty Rihanna, who is rumoured to be newly-single after splitting with Drake, stunned in a pale blue V-neck dress and gold bangles, with her hair tied back into a ponytail.
Harry subsequently took to the stage to deliver a message from The Queen congratulating Barbados on their anniversary, which read: ‘Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Barbados.
‘Our countries have a shared history, shared values and an affection which continues to bind us.’ Keen not to miss out on the festivities, the Queen herself sent out a tweet from the Royal Family’s official Twitter account which read: ‘On this day of celebration, I send my congratulations to you on your Golden Jubilee of Independence.’
The meeting comes after a busy morning for the prince, who earlier shared his caring side as he chatted to sick children at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown following a last-minute change of schedule.
As well as chatting to staff and young patients, Harry thanked health workers for working over Independence Day, a national holiday.
He was seen cooing over a newborn baby and also spent time talking to a young girl who was bed-bound and trapped into a nasal cannula.
According to the Kensington Palace Twitter account, he even got a hug from one of the youngsters staying on the Paedriatric Ward.
The fifth-in-line to the throne visited Barbados in January 2010 when he met with locals and dignitaries, ate spicy food alongside Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, and famously danced the calypso on stage during a charity concert.
On his first visit to the hospital he was pictured cooing over seven-week-old Jean-Luc Jordan. His grandmother the Queen also visited the hospital in February 1966, and today a plaque honouring her visit hangs on the wall.
Harry is nearing the end of his 15-day tour of the Caribbean which has so far taken him to St Kitt’s and Nevis, Grenada and St Lucia. He will finish in Guyana with a special visit to the country’s President David Granger.
His trip coincides with Barbados’ 50th year of independence as well as the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Guyana, and the 35th Anniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda.
Yesterday the prince was greeted by drizzle that quickly turned to heavy rainfall as he touched down in Barbados.
A line of dignitaries holding umbrellas were there to greet him at the port – but unfortunately there was not one going spare for the prince.
Harry stepped off RFA Wave Knight tanker on Tuesday morning after spending his final night on board.
On arrival, Harry was greeted by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while Naresa McRwray-Williams, 16, presented the Prince with flowers for his buttonhole.
The rain soon became a torrential downpour and when the Prince held a formal meeting with Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, he joked Harry had ‘brought bad English weather with him to Barbados’, adding: ‘We have our own bad habits.’
He joked with Sir Elliott, saying: ‘I hope there will be tarpaulins later,’ in reference to the open-air unveiling of the 50th Anniversary of Independence National Monument.
The evening event was broadcast live from the Garrison Savannah, the site where Barbados independence was born at midnight on November 30 1966.