Prince Harry meets Australian public on start of army trip

Prince Harry Starts Australia Visit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Britain's Prince Harry joked and chatted with an enthusiastic crowd Monday at his only scheduled public appearance during a monthlong embedment with Australia's army, declaring pride in his ginger hair and sharing advice with a self-obsessed younger generation that "selfies are bad."


The British army captain reported for duty in Australia's capital, Canberra, to begin a four-week attachment to the Australian army that will take him to the east, west and north coasts of the vast nation.

But before he got down to military business, Harry ignored light rain and cool weather to shake hands and chat with hundreds of cheering well-wishers who gathered at cordons to welcome him outside the Australian War Memorial.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry gets kissed by Royal Fan Victoria Mcrae during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets members of the public during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry and Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird walk on the Sydney Opera House steps on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets members of the public during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Members of the public raise placards as Britain's Prince Harry (not pictured) arrives at the Sydney Opera House during a visit to Sydney on May 7, 2015. Thousands of wellwishers on May 7 made the most of their chance to see Prince Harry during a meet-and-greet near Sydney's Opera House. AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne (wearing her husbands Victoria Cross) during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Crowd gather to wait to see Prince Harry at the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Dean Lewins - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry looks on after arriving with officials at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (L) smile after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry stands outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (L) meets Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC (C-R) and other senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (2nd-L) meet senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin pose for a photo outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (L) meet senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin pose for a photo outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin salute each other after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (L) meets Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC (C-R) and other senior personnel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra on April 6, 2015. Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army begins a month-long attachment with the Australian Army, spending time on bush patrols, working with an indigenous regiment and possibly flying helicopters after already announcing that he will leave the British military in June after his Australian swansong. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour with officials during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) is presented with a gift from Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (3rd L) stands with (L-R) Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC, Warrant Officer David Ashley RSM-A, Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Major General Jeffrey Sengleman, Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army outside Duntroon House after arriving at Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (3rd L) stands with (L-R) Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC, Warrant Officer David Ashley RSM-A, Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Major General Jeffrey Sengleman, Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army outside Duntroon House after arriving at Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry salutes after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) is presented with a gift from Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour with officials during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry receives gifts from Dr Brendan Nelson (Director of the Australian War Memorial) at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Lukas Coch - Pool/Getty Images)
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Perhaps because of his own history of embarrassing candid photos, he was less generous with teenagers who wanted to photograph themselves with him. He drew laughs when he urged one teen admirer to break the habit of taking "selfies."

"No, I hate selfies. Seriously, you need to get out of it," Ten Network television recorded him telling the admirer.

"I know you're young, but selfies are bad," Nine Network television recorded the prince saying.

Harry, fourth in line to the British throne - he'll move to fifth when brother Prince William's second child is born - also shook hands and gave a high-five to ginger-haired 12-year-old Ethan Toscan, who brought a banner that read "Redheads RULE!"

Like in Britain, redheads are often teased in Australia, where they are known as "rangas" - short for orangutans.

"He said that I was fabulous in making the sign and it's awesome to be a redhead," Ethan said later.

Young and old members of the public gathered at the memorial, with Harry laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before strolling to the museum's World War I and Afghanistan galleries.

Harry arrived at Sydney International Airport early Monday dressed in army fatigues, and changed into a dress uniform for the official functions at the memorial.

The 30-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan later reported for duty to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Australia's Defense Force chief, at the nearby Australian military officers' college.

Harry saluted his new boss, then delivered a letter from him his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. She wrote that it was appropriate that her second grandson visited as the two countries commemorated sacrifices made a century ago during World War I.

Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British army, will be embedded with a number of Australian army units and regiments in the cities of Darwin, Sydney and Perth.

Media reported that Harry made the 3,100-kilometer (1,900-mile) flight from Canberra to the northern city of Darwin in an Australian air force jet late Monday. Defense officials would not immediately confirm the reports.

In Darwin, which will become a training hub for 1,050 U.S. Marines in the coming weeks, Harry will work with a predominantly Aboriginal infantry regiment, the North-West Mobile Force, known as NORFORCE.

NORFORCE patrols vast tracts of Australia's sparsely populated tropical wilderness, covering 1.8 million square kilometers (695,000 square miles). It uses traditional indigenous skills, including tracking, in its surveillance work.

Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot, will be attached to an aviation squadron in the east coast city of Sydney and work with the elite Special Air Service Regiment, including Afghanistan veterans, in the west coast city of Perth. He'll have to pass Australian certification testing before he's allowed to pilot any Australian aircraft.

He and his father, Prince Charles, will also attend centenary commemorations on April 25 in Turkey of the ill-fated invasion of Gallipoli peninsula during World War I in which Commonwealth forces under British command, including a joint Australian and New Zealand army, suffered heavy casualties.

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