Prince Harry met pop star Rihanna at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence.
The singer was a surprise guest – for Harry and the Royal Household at least – at the annual Toast the Nation event celebrating national achievements.
The two shook hands briefly inside a marquee shortly after Harry arrived at the event.
Later they will share a stage at the centrepiece event of the 50th anniversary celebrations, a mega concert at Kensington Oval cricket ground in Bridgetown in front of a 20,000
crowd. A senior royal aide later revealed that Harry had been told 20 minutes before he arrived that Rihanna would be there.
“We thought he would be meeting her for the first time at the concert later,” he said. “He found out just before arriving. About 20 minutes before, that she would be here and sitting near his table.
“I think because all the timings have been changed around due to the bad weather, there is a certain degree of fluidity in the arrangements.”