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Prince Harry visits White House; meets with Michelle Obama, Senator McCain (Video & Photos at link)

[quote]Sen. John McCain: 'In all my years, I've been coming here, I've never seen such an unbalanced gender gap' [quote]Female staffers at Capitol Hill ushered back to their desks by police after gathering for a peek at the British prince Prince Harry said his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, would be 'proud' of his work supporting an anti-landmine charity she championed. Harry's comments came at the start of his week-long U.S. tour where he has already received a warm welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama and was greeted by screaming female admirers when he opened an exhibition, on Washington's Capitol Hill, promoting the work of the anti-landmine charity the Halo Trust. The seven-day visit is the Prince's first trip to America since he caused outrage by being photographed naked during a weekend break in Las Vegas last year. Harry gave a speech in support of the Halo Trust at a British embassy reception attended by US policy-makers, supporters of the anti-landmine charity and potential donors. Diana famously highlighted the work of the charity when she was pictured wearing a face mask and protective clothing during a visit to a minefield being cleared by the trust in Angola in 1997. The royal, who is patron of the trust's 25th anniversary appeal, told the guests: 'My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with Halo. 'In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me - along with all of you, I'm sure - in praising Halo for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century, and in hoping that one day soon its humanitarian work will be done.' He added: 'At any one time, Halo has seven thousand de-miners in the field, striving to protect people, and banish the fear that pervades the lives of millions around the world. 'In Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Kosovo, in Somalia, Georgia and Armenia, the threat of landmines could be eradicated in the next five years, if funding can be sustained. 'If it were stepped up, in the next 10 years, countries like Cambodia, Angola, Colombia, Afghanistan, Burma and even Zimbabwe might have their landmine crises eliminated for good.' Michelle Obama beat hundreds of adoring women to get closest to Prince Harry after Britain's most eligible bachelor joined her at the White House at the start of his week-long U.S. tour. The First Lady welcomed the 28-year-old prince to her home on Thursday afternoon for a reception in honor of military mothers and their children after he caused a stir in Washington D.C. As well as meeting Sen. John McCain at Capitol Hill, he was welcomed by a bevvy of grinning female staffers - who were promptly ushered back inside by police, according to their colleagues' tweets. 'If all the women on Capitol Hill were dust bunnies, #princeharry would be a Dyson Vacuum. Every woman is gone. Every. Single. One,' Chris Mickey tweeted before the royal's arrival. When the women were asked to leave, sparking 'grumpy faces' according to further tweets, they swiftly found other balconies over which to peer at the prince. At his last event of the day, Harry entertained US policy makers and wealthy donors at a British embassy reception. Harry chatted with 200 guests at the champagne bash hosted by British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and the HALO Trust anti-landmines charity before a dinner for 37 key influential donors and decision-makers. In the sweltering humidity, the Prince repeatedly mopped his brow as he stood in a receiving line to greet each guest before working the room. Among them were numerous American politicians, and President Obama's deputy national security adviser Anthony Blinken. Guy Willoughby, director of the Halo Trust, praised Harry's determination to continue his mother's work.


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