The prince met the pop star to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados's independence

By Simon Perry
November 30, 2016 04:19 PM

Prince Harry capped his visit to Barbados Tuesday with the world’s most famous Bajan.

Grammy-winning superstar Rihanna, 28, joined the royal, 32, to help her homeland celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence.

The glittery pair’s much-anticipated meeting occurred during Wednesday’s Toast to the Nation, ahead of this evening’s special concert in the island nation, which will see thousands of people enjoying a party featuring the best of Bajan talent.

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Harry is reaching the end of his two-week tour of seven nations in the Caribbean on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

His start in Barbados on Monday had been hampered by a deluge of rain that brought memories of damp Britain rather than the sunny islands.

But there were smiles and laughter — and, being Harry, lots of hugs later when he visited the Nightengale Children’s Home, an organization offering accommodation, support and care to children from birth through the age of 18. There, he played with youngsters and made playful faces with others.

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The following day, as the country prepared for its 50th celebrations, Harry made a previously unscheduled stop at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which he last visited in 2010.

The weather meant that some of his other engagements had to be postponed, bringing a window of opportunity for him to head to the hospital.