Prince Harry makes surprise visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Veterans Day

Britain's Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction and global partnership between, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa in Amsterdam on September 3, 2019 an initiative led by the Duke of Sussex to change the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations and communities that depend on it. (Photo by Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Last week, Prince Harry was spotted alone in Hawaii.

On Veterans Day, the Duke of Sussex made an unexpected appearance at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to People, the 41-year-old royal visited the USS Arizona Memorial on Friday.

In December 1941, Japanese forces bombed the battleship, killing over 1,100 crew members. The attack propelled the United States into World War II.

Meghan Markle’s husband paid a personal visit to the memorial. The USS Arizona Memorial on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is a short flight from his home in Montecito, California, where he lives with his wife and two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.

Dan Conover, who was also touring the USS Arizona on the same day, told People about his encounter with Prince Harry:

“He kind of approached us.”

“I moved out of his way because he’s royalty, I figured I’d let him do his thing. He basically gave me a greeting. He was very respectful and courteous and nice. I moved out of his way, and he kind of patted me on the back and said, ‘You’re all good mate.’ It was a simple interaction, but he was very nice and courteous and respectful.”

According to the eyewitness, an expert accompanying Prince Harry explained the fundamentals to the royal. The outing was emotional for Prince William’s brother, who served in the British Army for ten years and served two tours in Afghanistan before retiring from royal duties in 2020.

Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Navy Command were all honorary military titles by Prince Harry.

King Charles took over one of Prince Harry’s former military roles last month. The new monarch has been appointed as Captain General of the Royal Marines. After stepping down from his royal duties, Queen Elizabeth stripped her grandson of his military appointments.

The monarch said in a statement, Us Weekly reported:

“It is the greatest possible pleasure to assume the role of your Captain General. I am exceptionally proud to follow in the footsteps of so many members of my family over the last three-and-a-half centuries, all of whom held the role with a deep sense of admiration.”