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Arthur Edwards, who's taken snapshots of the royals for almost 40 years, get a surprise present from the prince

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May 15, 2015 09:10 AM

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Talk about a facepalm!

Prince Harry was in a cheeky mood Friday, his last full day in New Zealand, as he planted a handprint of purple paint – meant for a children’s art project – on the head of longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards.

The prank, which happened at a youth center in Auckland, left the room roaring with laughter, and Edwards himself suddenly the subject rather than the taker of photos – and he mugged for the cameras, alternately grinning and feigning annoyance.

Edwards, 74, has been royal photographer for the Sun newspaper since 1977 – seven years before Harry, 30, was born – and has been on many tours with the royals. He is close enough to the family, in fact, that he breaks plenty of royal news.

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Harry was visiting a center run by the Turn Your Life Around charity for at-risk youth. Earlier in the day, he visited patients at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit and also gave awards to students at a school in south Auckland.

The prince missed his niece Charlotte‘s birth while on his tour of Australia and New Zealand, but will get plenty of quality time with her after he returns home on Saturday.

For much more on life with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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