As an army helicopter pilot, Prince Harry may really fly. But he’ll need more than wings if he wants to challenge the fastest man in the world to a race.
Harry, 27, reportedly wants to run against champion sprinter Usain Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 meters, in a practice session when he visits Jamaica on an official tour next month.
The sporty prince, who, like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is an ambassador to the British teams for this summer’s Olympic Games in London, hopes to visit Bolt at his rudimentary training track in Kingston for the showdown, according to a report.
“The Prince and Usain Bolt are keen for it to happen,” a royal source tells the Daily Telegraph. “Because the visit is at a critical time in the run-up to the London 2012 Games, the whole thing will depend on Usain Bolt’s training schedule, which the Prince obviously doesn’t want to interrupt.”
The Jamaica visit is not related to the Olympics, however. As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the royal family is visiting every Commonwealth country this year. Next month’s trip will take Harry to Belize as well as Jamaica. (He also plans to visit Brazil, which is not part of the Commonwealth.)
Harry, who underwent crucial training in handling his Apache helicopters in the U.S. last summer, is likely to be deployed to Afghanistan again, possibly toward the end of the year.
Harry’s private secretary told reporters Wednesday the prince is “bouncing” with excitement over going to the Caribbean.