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Britain’s bachelor Prince Harry kept his party image intact on his second consecutive night on the Strip with a 4 a.m. exit today from XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore. Now a third night looms! The previous night, it was a 3 a.m. finish at sister nightclub Tryst in the Wynn.
Last night, Harry and his military pals watched Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio, where he drank Corona. He’s no stranger to Cirque shows, having seen many of the company’s U.K. touring productions. This was his first Cirque show in his first-ever visit to Las Vegas, however.
He told people as he left the theater that he was having a great time in Sin City and was seriously thinking about staying for another night. He nearly crossed paths with actress Dame Joan Collins, who was dining at Sirio Maccione’s Circo just steps from the “O” theater. Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave the Order of the British Empire title to the actress of “Dynasty” fame.
The 27-year-old party-loving royal, who ended a romance with a longtime girlfriend before arriving in America, hit the gaming tables. According to our pal Mark Gray of People, Harry reportedly lost $300 at a blackjack table but was delighted to receive free drinks while playing 21.
Then it was another night of partying and drinking while on his weekend leave from 10 weeks of Apache helicopter training at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona. Known as Capt. Harry Wales, he’s reportedly at the top of his class and will likely be redeployed to Afghanistan when he returns home from the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
During his time here in the Southwest, even while using a baseball cap to cover his carrot top hair, he has been spotted having fun in San Diego. There were numerous reports of him drinking in a beach bar, watching TV in a hotel bar and buying vodka shots for patrons. He seems to have enjoyed our tradition of pizza and took on impromptu wedding photograph duties at McP’s Irish Pub and Grill in San Diego.
Later at the Ivy nightclub atop the Andaz Hotel, he palled up with a 26-year-old tattooed cocktail waitress, Jessica Donaldson, and wrapped a towel around another local beauty, Lindsay Swagerty, after she was thrown in a pool. He is said to have met the two women the next day at the beachside cafe Pipes in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Harry took his two dates later in the evening to a Mexican restaurant for cocktails.
The waitress joined him again the next weekend for drinking and dancing to a jazz band in a Solana Beach tavern. It is not yet known if the waitress came to Las Vegas and was the blonde beauty he danced with at Tryst into the early hours yesterday.
The handsome officer who is third in line to the British throne rode a rented Harley Davidson motorcycle through the desert to Las Vegas wearing a red bandana and aviator shades. He reportedly owns a classic Triumph bike and a classic Ducati 848. Although he wore a helmet, British tabloids promptly labeled him the thrill-seeking “Easy Rider.”
His three Scotland Yard security officers in a Dodge Suburban accompanied his motorbike posse and him. They drove from the military base to Scottsdale, where he rented the Harley Softail Classic for $150 a day.
Harry’s visit began Oct. 7 when he arrived at El Centro. He transferred to Arizona on Nov. 4 to resume helicopter training. Las Vegas is known as a playground for trainees at both bases. Quizzed for details of his stay at the Wynn, representatives for Wynn, Tryst and XS told Vegas DeLuxe: “We never comment about our guests.”
We’ll continue to follow Harry’s visit, so be sure to check back later.
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