Prince Harry made history by taking an HIV test live on Facebook: amazing?

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Prince Harry has been working at a steady clip for months now, averaging about three or four public appearances or events a week. It’s not up to the Queen’s numbers, but Harry far outpaces his brother and sister-in-law, even if Harry’s events don’t “count” towards his royal-event numbers. It’s true – much of the work Harry does with the Invictus Games and Sentebale don’t count towards his annual numbers, for reasons. Reasons involving (I suspect) no one wanting it to look like Harry does so much more than William and Kate. Anyway, these are some photos of Harry making an appearance at The Blair Project last week. I just never got around to posting these pics, but they’re nice.

Today, Harry made royal history. He took an HIV test… on camera, live on Facebook. The video streamed on the monarchy’s Facebook page too. Here’s the video:

Harry is negative, in case you were wondering. I think the rapid HIV-testing kits are so amazing, and the scientists and doctors who pioneered that are so brilliant. Harry did this because he wanted people to know to get tested, and that getting tested has never been easier.

Harry is really taking up a cause that his mother cared about so much: the de-stigmatization of HIV/AIDS. Harry’s charity Sentebale works with kids with HIV/AIDS, and it’s widely believed that Harry’s signature issues in the years to come will be veterans issues and HIV/AIDS.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Bex says:

    Good on him

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Wow. I had no idea that AIDS tests were instant now. Absolutely amazing and great cause.

  2. HH says:

    There’s only a certain amount of love you can have for someone that you’ve never even remotely met. Whatever the maximum level is, I’m pretty sure I’m there.

  3. Courtney says:

    God I love gingers.

    And Harry would still be hot if he was a trash collector instead of a prince.

    • helena says:

      so true. he has so much charisma. and that’s not because he’s a prince. actually, him being a prince is a bit of a turn off.

  4. Katenotkatie says:

    Amazing gesture. What an excellent human. Honks for Harry!

  5. SusanneToo says:

    Hooray for wonderful Harry. I can’t bear to read the CS post. What a contrast.

    • susanne says:

      The contrast is striking. Don’t read about Sheen. Instead google charlie sheen kittens. Trust me, fellow susanne.

  6. cyn says:

    He is a wonderful, adorable, ginger credit to his parents. I absolutely adore him.

  7. Samtha says:

    His mother would be so proud of him. He’s turned out to be an amazing man.

  8. Betti says:

    Amazing Honks for Harry.

    I don’t think we’ll ever see twit and twat doing something like this. The best they can do is get Granny and Grandpa come visit you at work so u can prove to the plebs who fund your lifestyle and wife’s shopping habit that u have a job. Making a big show of hugging and kissing them.

    • LAK says:

      What struck me was HM’s formality during that visit. Kisses aside, she was as present and correct as always.

      It has to be said that Harry lights up a room no matter the company, but it is very noticeable when HM glows throughout his events/meet my workmates rather than maintain her usual poker face as she’s shown around, especially by her own relations.

      • Betti says:

        Yes it was almost if she didn’t really want to be there but hasn’t she visited there before? The marked difference between this and the Invictus video is quite telling, it’s obvs who her fave grandchild is.

        PS. I still love that gif of her telling chopper to ‘stand up’ at the birthday parade balcony appearance.

  9. Deedee says:

    Honk for Good King Harry!

    • MiniMii says:

      *HONK*

      He impressed the hell out of me with the Invictus Games (I’m the wife of an injured veteran), and now this? Move over William and Waity, I want Harry to be King!

  10. littlemissnaughty says:

    This is my favorite thing that happened this week! It’s such a small thing to do but SUCH a huge thing considering who he is. That quote is cute af too, I can barely stand it. … No more coffee for me today.

  11. Sixer says:

    This, right here, is what the royals are FOR.

    If we must have them (sigh), THIS is what they should be doing. Not pretending to be normal. Not skiving off. Not farting about with fake jingoistic flummery like garden parties and birthday parades. This.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry’s work (WWTW, Invictus, Sentebale) feels more impactful, along the lines of Prince’s Trust.

      I asked this on the other thread. Boris Johnson? Payback for his support of Brexit? “Okay, Johnson, money where your mouth is. You make all that talk about good foreign relations post-Brexit come true”

      • Betti says:

        he’s under her thumb now but only time will tell how long he lasts. This way he won’t cause trouble for her from the backbenches. She’s ruthless and I think she’s set him up to take the fall if the Brexit negotiations go bad which they def will if he’s involved.

      • Sixer says:

        NOTA – I am moaning about this on yesterday’s Tiddles thread. Britain has jumped the shark.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “Minister for Heavily Foreshadowed Apocalypse”

        That title and the ditties you composed on that thread? Sixer wins the internet today.

        I figured it was payback and a way to eliminate him as a future contender for #10.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Betti and Sixer, I need Spitting Image to return. Trump and Johnson as SI puppets?

      • Sixer says:

        We desperately need a new Spitting Image.

    • brincalhona says:

      Johnson’s spitting image seems to be Angela Eagle.

  12. Solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    What a great gesture!! Perhaps this way people will find the courage to get tested…

  13. Luca76 says:

    Harry is so great. I wonder what makes him so different than his brother is it just that he never had to face the same pressures that William did not being the expected heir? Or is it just a matter of temperment?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Temperament, double dose of the duty gene, and being unprotected. As a child, he was the one who would do what was asked. That’s how Diana would get William to do things, by saying Harry would have all the fun. Wiliam was jealous of anything Harry got, so that motivated W to do things.

      He’s faced more pressures than William IMO. Harry wasn’t coddled. He had to face consequences for actions; be used by his father and brother for good PR; and when the press couldn’t criticize the Golden Child they attacked Harry instead.

    • LAK says:

      1. People misunderstand the type of pressure both brothers face.

      William is the coddled one whose way is smoothed at every step to make him the best he can be for his future job. Even when he refuses to take on said job, his way is smoothed to accomodate his wishes and everyone pretends these are fantastic, helpful diversions.

      Harry is a second class citizen at all times. Treated as such by everyone including his own family, but especially by the servants and the media. Harry has always been fully expected to be, and to become a wastrel. Every misstep reported on with glee as proof of his path to wastrel-dom. The servants and the official Palace machinery barely bothering to help him or defend him.

      The fact that he is turning out the opposite of expectations is confounding everyone. Excuses have to be made as to why the coddled sibling is turning out to be a dud vs predicted dud is turning out to be useful.

      2. Temprement. William as a child was always difficult and uncooperative even where it was in his best interests to do so. Harry was always said to be much easier, cooperative child.

      These traits have followed them into adulthood, enabled by their positions as well as the people they surround themselves.

      And they behave accordingly.

      • Sixer says:

        What LAK said.

      • Maya86 says:

        I totally agree with everything you said LAK. I think Harry turning out the way he is, is because he understands his privilege. He views his position as a way to help people in need.
        William uses his position to get what he needs. When he visits charities, you can clearly see he does it because a) he has to and b) because it’s good for his image. He also uses his positions to get as much perks as he can: A new heli for his “job”, a 20+ palace appartment, mansion,..

        The press still tries to diminish Harry’s work by focusing on his lovelife and buries or ridicules his work. Check all the Chelsy and Cressida articles we got recently.
        While the golden duo get literally a photo album in each press prints everytime they step outside their frontdoors.
        The problem is it’s not working. People can see that Harry is the real deal and that W&K are just PR propped fluffs.

    • Deedee says:

      William’s life was laid out before him from Day 1. Harry’s had to find his own path and has not had the same protections from the press. Who do you think would be the curmudgeon?

  14. Jen says:

    This is really great of him…I was stunned at how uncomfortable and surprised a few of my friends were when it came up that some of us do this yearly. There’s definitely still a “it could never happen to me” mentality and it’s really impressive Harry did this.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I went to get my HIV instructor certification through the American Red Cross in the 19*mumbles*’s. I went to schools and even spoke with kids and also people that were looking to get tested. I am so glad that testing has come on faster and better. The look of fear and the unknown on their faces was heartbreaking and my non controversial, script could not take that away. Kudos to all with their continued involved in HIV. 72 hours felts like 72 years.

    • LAK says:

      Back in the day, when HIV/AIDS was still taboo bogeyman, i remember being pleasantly surprised when i met my first person with full blown AIDS.

      It has been sold as this terrible, terrible disease that was like the plague and being that i had an over-active imagination, i was terrified when our school told us that we would have an AIDS sufferrer come talk to us.

      On the day, we met a super skinny man in a suit. He was a singer and sang us some wonderful songs. Nothing about him was terrifying. Even his skinny frame. Perhaps he put his best foot forward since he was talking to children about AIDS and trying to raise awareness of it in a positive way. Either way, he made a huge, positive change that day.

      He died a fortnight after that talk.

  16. TeamAwesome says:

    I just want to hug him. Among other things….but yes. HUGS and HONKS!!!

    With all the good they could do, the difference they could make, the impact they could have upon the world, to choose to simply faff about shopping, whipping hair, and playing at having a job is unbelievable.
    Thank you, Harry, for using your status to shine a light on a topic that still very much needs it.

  17. Kri says:

    He has really become someone special,I think. I believe him. He’s his mother’s son for sure.

  18. Cerys says:

    Harry just gets better and better. Willnot and Cannot will never perform to the same standard.

  19. Roller74 says:

    It’s a real shame that Harry was the spare, instead of the heir. He should be leading the future of the English monarchy, not Wills, who is just as lazy and unmotivated (albeit a nice guy) as his wife.

  20. Tourmaline says:

    Kudos to Harry for doing this. It reminds me of Diana’s groundbreaking act being photographed shaking hands with a man who had AIDS back in 1987 when AIDS hysteria and discrimination was a huge thing. This was the action that reportedly resulted in the Queen telling Diana “Can’t you get involved with something nice?”

  21. ClaireB says:

    Harry’s doing great work! Glad one of Charles’s kids is doing something useful!

  22. cynic says:

    Hooray for Harry! I’m still liking the bearded look.

  23. Sunsetsnow says:

    I adore him!!!!!!!!!!! Gorgeous ginger scamp!

  24. Huck's Mom says:

    King Harry is the bee’s knees. I enjoy how he kept asking questions and making it about more than himself. He didn’t just suffer through it, instead he was present, funny, and compassionate. Always honking for Harry.

  25. jc126 says:

    I usually can’t stand any of those inbred welfare recipient Windsors, but Harry is pretty cool. He’s the only one who’s ever done a darn thing, and he is getting rather awesome.

  26. kimbers says:

    Good for him to show the uppercrusty peeps that hiv tests arent a huge deal! It’s something u add on whenever you have to have blood drawn. No bigs!

  27. Vinot says:

    This honestly made me tear up a little bit; Diana’s good work lives on in her son and he deserves all the honks.

  28. Castor says:

    Good thing for Harry!

    Aids/HIV are big issue even for today standard. It is justly right for him to get involved on this subject because his mother made the pioneer impact on the said cause.

    He had a colourful life, but compared to his brother, he’s the better product. Lol