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Fri 4 Mar 2011 02:37 PM

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Prince Harry cancels Dubai trip amid Arab world uprisings

UK royal pulls out of charity polo tournament on March 19 as regional turmoil continues

Prince Harry cancels Dubai trip amid Arab world uprisings
Prince Harry. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry has pulled out of a trip to Dubai later this month because of the current turmoil in the region.

The third in line to the English throne was due to play in a polo tournament on March 19 to raise £1 million for his African Aids charity Sentebale.

But his plans have been shelved at the last minute because of the growing protests, which have hit neighbouring Gulf states such as Bahrain and Oman.

In a statement released on Friday, the prince's office said: "Prince
Harry was very much looking forward to the visit but feels that it would
be insensitive for him to participate in a sporting event at a time
when there are matters of greater priority to focus on in the region.

"Prince Harry
looks forward to other opportunities to visit Dubai in the future.”

As a
consequence, the Sentebale Polo Cup, scheduled to coincide with Prince
Harry’s visit, has been cancelled, his office said.

The charity was set up after Harry's 2004 gap year visit to Lesotho.

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Steve York 9 years ago

Amazing he goes to Afghanistan and that's ok but coming to Dubai is considered too risky - who is his advisors? This could have a negative effect on tourism in Dubai - if Harry does not come then many tourists from the UK will take this as a sign that the place is not safe. Where is the High Commisioner in all of this surely he would inform Prince Harry's advisors that the visit is important!

Greg Cambel 9 years ago

As I understood the article, the prince cancelled the trip because it would be insensitive for him to come here and play sports while more serious things are going in the region. Don't think it has anything to do with him being afraid of coming here.