Prince Harry cheekily plants handprint on veteran royal photographer

Prince Harry couldn't resist the opportunity to cover long-time royal photographer Arthur Edwards with paint on Friday. The playful Prince, who is currently on tour in New Zealand, was having his palm painted purple in order to add his handprint to a wall display at the Turn Your Life Around Trust when, to the surprise of everyone at the engagement, he quickly dashed over to Arthur and planted his paint-covered hand on the 74-year-old's forehead.

Video footage of the hilarious moment shows Harry turning to check where Arthur was standing while holding his right hand out to be painted. The lady painting Harry's hand then pointed to a spot on the wall that was free for him to leave his mark, but before she was able to look back at the Prince he had dashed across the room to cover Arthur with the paint.

Lively Harry was in high spirits during the engagement

The action was met with gasps and laughter and one of the event leaders was heard exclaiming "Oh my God, I can't believe you just did that!"

Kensington Palace's official Twitter account later shared a short video from the engagement, notably including Harry's cheeky act.

"Prince Harry plonks a purple handprint on @arthurjedwards's head at #TYLA #RoyalVisitNZ."

Harry was at the Turn Your Life Around Trust to the see the work the centre does for at-risk youth in south Auckland.

The 30-year-old spent the afternoon playing pool, table football and ping pong with local teenagers who have been supported by the organisation.

Arthur Edwards has been photographing the royal family for decades

Earlier in the day, Harry had paid a visit to Southern Cross Campus School where he enjoyed Maori and Pasifika cultural performances before presenting several awards to high-achieving students. Prince William's brother then travelled to the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit at Middlemore Hospital where he met with several wheelchair-bound former rugby players and other patients undergoing treatment.

Harry, who knelt down so as to be able to speak to patients face-to-face, discussed exercises from their rehabilitation programmes with them and encouraged them to stay dedicated to their recovery.

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