If Prince Harry Had a Bucket List...
1. PARTY AT A ROYAL JUBILEE
Feelin' irie, mon! Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee could have been a stodgy affair, but Prince Harry livened up the worldwide celebrations by personally bringing the festivities to the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica as a fun-loving stand-in for his 86-year-old grandmother. But helping make the queen's 60th anniversary a global party is only one thing the wild child of the British royal family has done in what we imagine is an amazing bucket list. Read on...
2. BEAT THE WORLD'S FASTEST MAN
That's right – Harry once beat the fastest man in the world, Jamaican gold medalist Usain Bolt, at a March 2012 race in Kingston. Of course, the prince got a not-quite-legit head start, but Bolt didn't seem to mind. "He cheated. I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said, 'I'm busy,'" Bolt joked.
3. PRACTICE DIPLOMACY WITH (BEAUTY) QUEENS
For someone who literally rubs elbows with queens all the time, Harry could have treated his March 2012 diplomatic mission with two young queens in the Bahamas as another tedious state function. Instead, the handsome prince chivalrously lavished his foreign counterparts with the attention he bestows on foreign dignitaries. Oh, did we mention that they were beauty queens?
4. SERVE MY NATION
Patriotism isn't just a word to pad out speeches for Harry, who attended Britain's most prestigious military academy, is a highly trained Apache helicopter pilot, and has served on the front lines in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He called his 2008 Afghan tour "the chance to do the soldiering I wanted to do from ever since I joined."
5. RIDE A HARLEY
After a November 2011 stint training with the U.S. military in Arizona, Harry fulfilled the dreams of any Sons of Anarchy or Easy Rider fan by hopping on a hog and riding off like a true bad--- into the desert. Where did he end up? Why, Las Vegas, of course.
6. BE AN OLYMPIC MASCOT
7. SERVE AS MY BRO'S BEST MAN
Though murderous sibling rivalries may have been par for the course for British royals centuries ago, no one doubts that Harry and William are more than just brothers – they're also each other's best friends. So it was touching on many levels to see Harry step up as William's best man on his wedding day.
8. BE THE BEST DANCER IN THE FAMILY
Okay, the bar is set low, but when it comes to cutting a rug on the dance floor, Harry's the one to watch. From grooving at a 2010 Haiti-relief concert in Barbados to moving and shaking during his 2012 Jubilee tour of Belize and Jamaica, he's the blue blood with the smooth moves – and he knows it. "I'm just glad my brother isn't here, because he might do it, and that would not be cool," he joked during a stopover in Rio de Janeiro.
9. START A CHARITY
Lots of people talk about improving the world, but Harry actually does it, from helping to better the lives of the world's young people to conserving the Earth's natural resources to to providing for veterans. And the philanthropy doesn't stop there: In 2009, Harry set up Sentebale, a foundation he helped build in memory of his mother, to look after children orphaned by AIDS. Harry "has inherited his mother's extraordinary empathy," a senior Palace official said.
10. THROW OUT A FIRST PITCH
Never mind that he's probably more comfortable on a cricket pitch than a pitcher's mound – when Harry threw out the first ball at a July 2010 baseball game between the Mets and the Twins in New York, the crowd ate it up. Harry shouldn't expect to be called up to the majors anytime soon, though: The ball crossed the plate a bit too high.
11. HAVE AN ENTOURAGE
Prince Harry and William traded in their palace handlers for hip-hop moguls in 2007, when they mingled with Kanye West and Diddy backstage at the Concert for Diana in London. West reportedly tried to get Harry to try on his signature Venetian-blind shades, but the prince politely declined – after all, who's in charge of this entourage?
12. GO NAKED IN SIN CITY
When Prince Harry parties, he doesn't just let his hair down. Back in what seems to be one of his favorite cities, Las Vegas, Harry was the life of a hotel-room bash, where he played strip billiards (and evidently lost). Buckingham Palace confirmed that leaked photos of the fun were indeed of the third in line to the throne, but said only that he is "on a private holiday and due back in the UK soon." In other words, it's just one more thing to check off Harry's would-be bucket list.