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Prince Harry Made a Surprise Visit to Hawaii, But Not for the Reason You Think

Prince Harry marked Remembrance Day by making a surprise appearance at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Friday, the Duke of Sussex toured the USS Arizona Memorial, which marks the resting place of more than 1,100 crew members who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. For the occasion, Harry wore a navy suit with a red poppy pinned to his jacket—a special flower that's been used to commemorate military members who have died in war since 1921.

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Per People, the prince, who served in the military for 10 years before stepping away from his royal duties, got to tour the site with an expert. And according to Dan Conover, who was also touring the ship that day, Prince Harry was nothing but kind.

He told People, "He kind of approached us. I moved out of his way because he's royalty, I figured I'd let him do his thing. He basically gave me a greeting."

Conover continued, "He was very respectful and courteous and nice. I moved out of his way, and he kind of patted me on the back and said, 'You're all good mate.' It was a simple interaction, but he was very nice and courteous and respectful."

Aside from paying a surprise visit to Pear Harbor, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, also released an official statement on the Archewell website. It reads, "On this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, we honor service members across the world. These brave men and women, as well as their families, have made tremendous sacrifices and embody duty and service."

"We are proud to work with so many organizations that support veterans and military families, including: The Invictus Games Foundation, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation. Today and every day, thank you for your service."

A powerful message and an important appearance from the prince.