It was a battle of the charming Harrys at this year s Royal Variety Performance in London

By Simon Perry
Updated November 13, 2015 04:00 PM
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Prince Harry got to hang out with princes of pop One Direction on a glam night out in London on Friday.

Harry, 31, dusted off his tuxedo for this year’s Royal Variety Performance, which also included appearances from Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin. The event was hosted by British comedian Jack Whitehall.

Last year, it was sister-in-law Princess Kate who, with husband Prince William, brought her glitter (and Diane von Furstenberg gown) to the annual bash.

Traditionally, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip – or, in more recent years, Harry’s father, Prince Charles – attend the annual event. Charles and wife Camilla are currently visiting Australia for their tour Down Under.

During the variety show, funnyman Whitehall quipped about going to the same school – Marlborough College – as Kate and teased that she was the “one who got away.”

Whitehall also had a little fun at the royal prince’s expense.

The comedian called Harry the “King of Banter” and suggested it would be great if he were in charge of the country for a week.

“You’re the kind of guy on a night out who doesn’t see a shopping trolley, but a ride home,” he joked.

He even quipped about his hair: “I wasn’t belittling anything you did in the Army by the way – that was amazing. What you did in Afghanistan…a ginger guy stepping out in that heat. Wow. First time you get a Victoria Cross for just stepping out of the shade.”

For Harry, his place as guest of honor at the event at the Royal Albert Hall follows a week of formal commemoration of Britain’s veterans, that included a somber ceremony on Sunday with his grandmother, 89, and he spoke of inspiring wounded warriors to take on new adventurous and sporting achievements at an event on Wednesday.

As for One Direction, their appearance caps a big day – their new album Made in the A.M. was just released.

The prince jokingly asked Harry Styles “When was the last time you had a hair cut?”

But when he was asked afterwards if he might try a beard like the royal, Styles told reporters, “No no I’m not growing any facial hair. At some point I’ll be cutting it [the hair] for charity.”

Fellow singers Little Mix were told by Harry that they “nailed” their performance. “You look amazing in your dresses,” he said.

And Harry had a kiss for Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue. “I loved it.”

Joker Whitehall said the prince had taken his showtime quips in good humor. “Harry said it’s the first and last time he’ll laugh at me.

“He went in for the hand shake and pulled away. He’s a good sport. He said he’d had a great time.”

Friday’s show raises money for the Royal Variety Charity that helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the U.K. who are in need of aid. The variety performance, which will be aired on ITV in the U.K. in December, dates back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ at the Palace Theatre in London in support of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund.