Saturday, June 25, 2011

There's no Pippa fling, says '100 per cent single' Prince Harry

By Katie Nicholl

Party talk: Prince Harry with an unknown blonde at the Hard Rock Calling festival

Prince Harry has admitted that he is a single man again but says he has no plans to start dating – and has ruled out getting together with Pippa Middleton.

Harry, who has gone through several high-profile splits from girlfriend Chelsy Davy – most recently last month – said he is too busy to go out with anyone at the moment.

The 26-year-old took time out from his duties as an Apache attack helicopter pilot to attend the Hard Rock Calling concert at Hyde Park, London, on Friday night, where he chatted happily with guests backstage.

And despite rumours that he has struck up a close rapport with the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister since the Royal Wedding in April, Harry said their friendship was strictly platonic.

'Pippa? Ha! No, I am not seeing anyone at the moment. I'm 100 per cent single,' Harry told guests at the Live Nation VIP lounge.

'I'm working a lot at the moment, so dating and watching TV are the last things I have time for.'

Harry also revealed he hopes to enjoy a trip to South Africa this summer. 'I am hoping to get a holiday in August. I haven't been to South Africa in a long time, so maybe I'll go there.'

At the concert, the Prince watched The Killers.

He was also seen partying with his cousins, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice – at one point they all joined the cast of TV show Glee at the Absolute Radio studio, alongside the main stage.

Afterwards, Harry headed to the VIP Hard Rock Cafe restaurant for burgers, chips and mojitos.

A source says: 'Harry spent much of the meal deep in conversation with a group of girls, including an American blonde.

They were discussing his brother and Kate's forthcoming trip to the United States – Harry said he thought they will get along famously there because the Americans are receptive and love confident people.'

Later, he and some friends were driven to a party at Beaufont House, Chelsea.


While Harry says he is concentrating fully on his duties as a pilot, the Prince has been urged to switch careers, and become a polo player.

Argentine Gonzalito Pieres, who is ranked the No 2 player in the world, says Harry has what it takes and should turn professional.

'Harry is very good – it is a waste to see him just play exhibition charity matches,' said Gonzalito, 28, at the Rolex polo lunch at Coworth Park, Berkshire.

'There would be many professional teams that would take him. He would be a valuable player.'

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Gonzalito also praised Prince Charles, saying: 'He was very good. My father played with him.'

However, Prince William, who has also been known to enjoy a chukka, should stick to his day job, says Gonzalito.

'William is an OK player, but he is a little slow and too cautious to make it as a professional,' he added.

While Pippa Middleton remains close to her old university pal George Percy, George's sister Melissa has become chummy with Chelsy Davy.

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The pair are even planning to travel across Europe together this summer.

Sources say Chelsy, 25, has been feeling restless since her latest split from Prince Harry.

'Chelsy has been to Ibiza and Barcelona in recent weeks, and is keen to see more of Europe with Missy,' says an insider.

'They got very close in Ibiza when they were clubbing together. Chelsy says she needs to keep busy while she waits for her postgraduate law course to begin in September.'

Lady Melissa, 23, the daughter of the Duke of Northumberland, split from Prince William's friend Thomas van Straubenzee in February.


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