Prince Harry: Still in the army, wants to serve

Prince Harry's wildly successful tour of the Caribbean may have come to an end, but many now think his role as a diplomat is just beginning.

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Wherever the prince goes, the cameras follow. In the third part of his interview with CBS News, Prince Harry made it clear he intends to use all the attention for good causes - specifically, to raise money for a charity he holds close to his heart.

Combining two of his greatest passions - sport and his charity Sentebale - Prince Harry picked up his mallet to raise money at a polo match Sunday in the Brazilian countryside.

The prince co-founded his charity, which works in the African nation of Lesotho, in 2006. He dedicated it, in part, to his mother Princess Diana.

(Watch the second part of Seth Doane's interview with Prince Harry)

"She loved Africa," Prince Harry said. "And you know, I felt as though it was fitting to have an African charity. Though when it all kicked off, it wasn't really based around her, it was more based around the fact that I had this connection. What I felt is I had this connection with the, you know, the Lesotho children. And that's really as simple as it was."

That connection was sparked with the prince was just 19. He'd traveled to the tiny, landlocked country during his gap year from school.

With roughly a quarter of its population suffering from HIV/AIDS, Prince Harry was shocked to learn of the hundreds-of-thousands of AIDS orphans, and the so-called herd boys - sent off to work as shepherds to support their family - some, as young as five. So with the money he and his charity have raised they've established schools for the herd boys where life and lessons and vocational training are provided.

In Lesotho, he's able to help, and also be almost anonymous. He called it refreshing. "Yeah, God, of course it is. It's hugely refreshing," he said. "And it's you know, each kid has their own sort of qualities. And I think kids in Africa or kids outside home as such have so much to offer. And the smallest of things they're grateful for. So, you know, just being there and spending time with them, talking to them and playing with them - that goes so far. The fact that you were even spending the fact you've take some time out of your busy schedule, whoever you are, to go and spend some time with them, means the world to them."

Throughout his ten-day tour of the Caribbean, the 27-year-old prince displayed his mastery of manipulating the media. He balanced expectations of royal behavior with a desire to give something real to the throngs of assembled people.

Prince Harry mimics the signature victory gesture of Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt on March 6, 2012, following a mock race at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica.
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"You've got to give something back. You can't just sit there," the prince said. "And obviously, knowing that all the cameras are there, it's not I would never call it playing to the cameras, 'cause that's not what I'm doing. But I'm fully aware of the shots that they want, you know. You've seen (Usain) Bolt for instance, that Bolt moment, you know..."

Was that planned?

"No, it wasn't planned at all," Prince Harry said, describing the moment when he joined the world's fastest man in his signature lightening bolt pose. "But I knew that he was going to ask me to do it. And I didn't plan on, I didn't really want to do it, because it's just not necessarily my kind of thing. But I knew, in a split second, right - they are going to want it, so let's just give it to them. And sure enough, then it, you know, it puts it on the front page, or it becomes a bigger story than it might have been otherwise."

(Watch the first part of Seth Doane's interview with Prince Harry in the video below.)

After Sunday's charity polo match, a reporter was more interested in the blue suede shoes the prince sported during the trip, asking if he'd taken fashion advice from his sister-in-law, Kate.

"No she hasn't given me tips quite yet," the prince said. "But the boots, the boots, the blue boots - Jamaica is Jamaica and it was the best time to bring them out I was fighting the urge to bring them out sooner but knowing I was going to meet Rita Marley I had to wear them."

The prince's full-time job is not all public appearances and raising money - but working as an Apache helicopter pilot in the British army. He's been deployed to Afghanistan before and insists he wants to go back.

"I've been there once. I've served my country. I enjoyed it because I was with my friends. And, you know, everyone has a part to play," Prince Harry said. "You know, all these people talking these stories of, 'Oh, he's been trained as Apache pilot, he's never going to see active service, he's never going to get to the front line.' These people live in a in a ridiculous world to even think that.

"I mean we can't especially our army nowadays, you can't train people and then not put them in into the position that they need, the role they need to play," Prince Harry added. "For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again."

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