Prince Harry arrived at the new Silverstone Experience in Northamptonshire driven by a very special chauffeur – six-time F1 champion Hamilton. The Duke of Sussex has launched and toured this morning the Silverstone Experience, a museum charting British motor racing through the years.
Upon arriving, Harry was greeted by two more F1 drivers, George Russell and Alexander Albon.
The new museum, home of the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) archive, allows visitors to have a very hands-on experience.
During his visit, Harry tried the interactive displays and met students from local schools in the Tech Lab section.
One of the missions of the museum is to inspire the next generation of young engineers through its exhibitions and learning programmes, so the meeting between Hamilton, the Duke of Sussex and the pupils was particularly poignant.
Prince Harry is known for loving F1 and cars and has often expressed his admiration for Hamilton.
On one occasion when he visited the Mercedes box during a past Silverstone Grand Prix, Prince Harry congratulated the champion on his victory via radio.
He said: “Lewis, thank you very very much for not making the British public sweat.
“You are an absolute legend, well done mate.”
The F1 champion, while on the radio with the Duke of Sussex, asked his team if he could celebrate his victory by doing so-called “donuts”, circular skid-mark patterns of rubber left on the ground by rotating the rear of the vehicle around the opposite set of wheels in a continuous motion.
His team initially said no – however, Harry got hold of the radio and urged the driver to carry on.
Prince Harry said: “Yes Lewis, you are allowed to do donuts.”
The Duke then left the box laughing, saying: “He asked can I do donuts?
“They said no, I said yes.”
Today’s meeting at Silverstone is part of what has been called by some commentators the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ victory lap, a series of official engagements in the UK before they step down as senior royals.
Yesterday evening, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle dazzled in the City of London, where they attended for the third year in a row the Endeavour Fund Awards.
The Duchess, who donned a splendid turquoise Victoria Beckham dress, and the Duke delivered awards to outstanding injured veterans and watched one serviceman proposing on stage to his partner.
Tomorrow, Meghan and Harry will be once again out together in central London to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival.
On Sunday, Meghan will mark International Women’s Day – but her staff has so far provided only a few details regarding what the Duchess will don.
Meghan and Harry will end their tour to the UK on Monday, when they are scheduled to attend the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey.
There, the Sussexes will meet again Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen.
This will be the first time Meghan and Harry meet in public their royal relatives since the Festival of Remembrance in mid-November last year.
Published at Fri, 06 Mar 2020 10:55:00 +0000