Prince Harry performs traditional Maori haka war dance: watch video

Prince Harry is a fast learner. The British royal mastered the moves to a traditional Maori haka in just 20 minutes on Wednesday, as part of a day of activities at Linton Military Camp, the largest army base in New Zealand.

After arriving by helicopter on the fifth day of his week-long tour, Harry spent just over quarter of an hour behind closed doors being taught the haka, before taking part in a display in front of the cameras.


Prince Harry takes part in a Maori military haka

"Given the time restraints in trying to teach him, I know it was a bit difficult trying to learn the actions and the words, so I think he did really well," said Warrant Officer Class 2 Brett Pene, who served as Harry's instructor.

"He got a bit frustrated here and there but that happens when you've only got 20 minutes to learn."

Harry certainly impressed after performing the dance, a look of intense concentration on his face throughout; he was applauded by the rest of the group at the end, before leaving the hall.

Afterwards, the 30-year-old-royal sat down for a hangi lunch – cooked using rocks buried in a pit oven – with a group of soldiers and their families. One of his companions was Corporal Jason Storley, who had to have his leg amputated in 2009 and went on to take part in Harry's Invictus Games.

"He remembered me and wanted to know how I was doing," Jason said of their meeting, the Telegraph reports. "He wanted to know how we were and it’s amazing he remembered some of us. He asked how we felt after the Games and whether we found ourselves going down in morale afterwards.

The Prince also played a game of touch rugby with local schoolchildren

"Meeting him definitely boosts your spirits, it gives you a sense of achievement and self-worth. There's often times when you have to put a brave face on and it can be hard when you’re alone, but it’s moments like this that pick you up."

Harry rounded off his time on the military base playing a game of touch rugby with children from a local school.

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