Hill staffers go gaga for Prince Harry

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The British royal made a brief stop on Capitol Hill to view a landmine exhibit created by the HALO Trust. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) escorted the 28-year-old prince around the Russell rotunda, as a hoard of journalists looked on from behind a rope.


While high-pitched cries of “Harry!” could be heard throughout the prince’s visit, Harry seemed largely unfazed, slowly strolling through the exhibit while chatting with McCain and a HALO executive.



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At one point, security officers had to check for press badges because so many onlookers had gathered around the rotunda in an attempt to catch a glimpse. A largely female contingency of congressional staffers was shooed away after failing to provide press credentials.

A swarm of staffers was eyed at one point in a hallway clamoring to get a snapshot of the famous redhead.

The oohing and aahing continued as Prince Harry departed the exhibit, on his way to a scheduled visit at the White House as part of his two-day trip to Washington.

As the prince left, two female staffers (who apparently eluded officers during the press credentials check) were overheard chatting about the royal sighting. “That was totally worth two hours,” said one, remarking about the wait to see Prince Harry.

The other agreed, replying, “Oh my god, totally worth it.”

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