Prince Harry was due to watch Brazil play Cameroon in their latest World Cup match as his South American got underway yesterday.
Harry’s seven-day trip to Brazil and Chile will also see him carry out a range of engagements from visiting rainforests to paying tribute to the military achievements of both nations.
Despite England being knocked out of the global football tournament, Harry is still expected to watch and cheer on the national team when they play Costa Rica tonight in their final group match.
Harry will also visit the Sao Paulo drug district know as crack land or Carcolandia, to learn about a project to help users beat their addictions.
Harry was also due to join patients with neurological problems canoeing on a lake as they undergo rehab at a hospital in the capital Brasilia.
Other highlights of the tour will see the Prince visit the Ayrton Senna institute in Sao Paulo to learn how it is using education to fight social exclusion and inequality, and tour the training base that Britain’s athletes will use during the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Harry’s private secretary, Edward Lane Fox, said: “Prince Harry is visiting both countries on behalf of the British government to help support UK interests in the region and also in support of his own charitable interests which include disadvantaged children, promotion of sustainable conservation and support to the armed forces.”
During his first full day in the Chilean capital Santiago, Harry will call on President Michelle Bachelet before visiting a local nursery school to chat to the youngsters, then travel to a military base to meet officers and soldiers.
Harry’s return flights from the UK to South America will be by scheduled services as will his flights between Brazil and Chile. He will charter a plane for his internal trips within Brazil.