Prince Harry greets fans in Sydney
RAW VISION: A few hundred lucky punters shake hands with Prince Harry who is visiting Sydney for the International Fleet Review.PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v0q7 620 349 October 5, 2013
As a people, we've kissed a lot of frogs in this country when it comes to royalty.
Enter stage right: Prince Harry.
Given the tsunami of media covering the arrival of Prince Harry in Sydney, it would appear our true prince has finally turned up and apparently these days we like the buck-naked, jacuzzi-dipping, beer-swilling variety.
A prince for our times: Prince Harry in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Though, if you go back in history, such antics are hardly new when it comes to royalty.
Understandably, Prince Harry being in Sydney this weekend has caused considerable excitement and generated round-the-clock media coverage, because out of all the current crop of young royals, it is Prince Harry who is, like, so hot right now.
But his popularity is not necessarily exclusive to the tea-sipping, twin-set brigade of the monarchists.
No, he's a hit with a younger generation living in a world of social media feeds and celebrity obsession.
This is a good thing for the royal family, which for a while there was a little on the nose for many Australians, who found the idea of a king or queen in a far-off land sitting at the helm of our modern democracy more than just a little bit irritating.
Remember Malcom Turnbull and all his republican mates who wanted to do away with the whole royal thing?
That wasn't so long ago, though you could be forgiven for thinking it was ancient history, given the gushing over Prince Harry.
To be fair, matters of the constitution are the furthest things on the minds of the bleached, buxom blondes scraping their stripper heels around the bars of the Shangri La Hotel this weekend.
The ladies in their fake tans have been loitering with intent: to hopefully catch Prince Harry's eye.
You see, it is the Prince Harry of raunchy Las Vegas weekend fame who has lured such a loyal and large fan base. They want Dirty Harry.
The build-up began weeks ago as breakfast television hosts breathlessly crossed to royal correspondents in London dishing up crumbs of information on his trip, ahem, ''Down Under'' … a line predictably delivered with a knowing school-boy chuckle by the likes of Karl Stefanovic and co.
PS knows of at least two media crews who have rented rooms in Prince Harry's hotel this weekend, hopeful they will get first dibs on any shenanigans the young prince might get up to that are not on the official itinerary.
And who can blame them, especially given his big brother and the direct heir to the throne, Prince William, and his charming wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with their new baby, present the perfect picture of familial harmony.
Frankly, the Cambridges are about as much fun as watching a season of Touched By An Angel … without ad breaks.
Wills and Kate are a little robotic, a pair of royal animatronics so managed by their minders that nothing about them seems terribly real for many of us.
Given all the fulminating over those grainy topless photographs of Kate, which looked like they were taken from the moon, it is pretty clear neither Wills nor his wife want to be known as the party royals.
Instead, that role has been left to Prince Harry.
This all seems terribly familiar.
About 60 years ago, it was Queen Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret, who was left to carry the black sheep mantle of the royal family.
And while Prince Harry has had his fair share of doozies in the public eye, it hardly compares to some of the antics Princess Margaret got up to, like those heady days on her private playground on the exotic island of Mustique.
The 2007 film The Bank Job, purported to be based on fact, claimed sexually compromising photographs of the princess taken on the island were at the centre of a bank robbery in 1971, which the film claimed was orchestrated by the secretive MI5 agency to steal the photos being held in a safe deposit box.
What MI5 was not counting on was the round of resulting deaths the robbery triggered, with underworld figures feverishly trying to find the contents of their boxes.
Prince Harry in a hot tub seems rather mild by comparison.