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    JENNA WOLFE, co-host: Here in New York , there's been a royal air to the city this weekend. NBC 's Michelle Franzen is following the visit of Prince Harry to New York City . Michelle , how are you?

    Offscreen Voice #1: Looks good out there.

    MICHELLE FRANZEN, anchor: Well, good morning, Jenna . Prince Harry is getting ready to line up here with the Achilles International Freedom Team . He's getting ready to come by here right now. He is walking with wounded veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan . He's kept a very busy pace on this visit to the city.

    Offscreen Voice #2: OK, folks, spectators...

    FRANZEN: Prince William ...

    Voice #2: ...let's hear it for our Freedom Team .

    FRANZEN: And he is keeping pace in that race, certainly walking on by, but it is something that has been near and dear to his heart, his charity work . But as you can see, the prince is also taking time to have some fun.

    Sports Announcer: Please welcome His Royal Highness Prince Harry !

    FRANZEN: Looking all-American in a white T-shirt and baseball cap, and even a bit nervous, England 's Prince Harry took to the mound at the New York Mets Citi Field ...

    Sports Announcer: It's your pitch.

    FRANZEN: ...throwing the ceremonial first pitch and catching a royal welcome from fans.

    Unidentified Woman #1: This is New York and it is America . It -- the ball -- baseball is an American sport .

    Unidentified Woman #2: Just to see Prince Harry throw out the first pitch because he's a prince.

    Unidentified Woman #3: And he's cute.

    FRANZEN: The stop here at Citi Field is part of a whirlwind visit for the prince, a chance to enjoy a slice of American life and also show Americans there's more to him than just a title. His first stop Friday, the US military academy at West Point . Prince Harry , a lieutenant in the British Army , took part in field training exercises with cadets and showed off his skills.

    Colonel CASEY HASKINS (United States Army): He clearly knows what he's doing. He clearly knows how to shoot.

    FRANZEN: While in New York , Prince Harry also took time to meet with wounded British and American veterans on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid .

    Prince HARRY: We fight together. Tragically, some die together; and others are wounded together.

    FRANZEN: The youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is also here raising money for his charity, Sentebale , which provides support to AIDS orphans in Lesotho . He recently traveled to southern African with his brother, Prince William , and says he thinks of his mother and her charity work every day.

    Prince HARRY: That's what -- so I suppose what keeps us going every day is that, you know, that thought of what would she be like if she was around today?

    FRANZEN: A young prince following in his mother's footsteps, while at the same time carving out a royal place of his own. And from Central Park , the prince will take to the polo fields this afternoon, participating in the annual Veuve Clicquot Classic that also benefits, Jenna , his charity.

    WOLFE: Michelle , I've got to tell you, for people at home that don't realize the opportunity you got that Prince Harry was walking by just as you were talking is once in a lifetime -- people cannot time things that perfectly, so I give you kudos for being able to speak and then have the prince walk by and then continue speaking. Michelle , thanks very much.

    FRANZEN: Exactly, and he kept walking.

    WOLFE: Yeah, I did see that. I did pick up on the fact that he didn't stop, but that's OK. You got him in the background there. Michelle Franzen , thank you very much . And now let's send it over to Lester .

Photos: Prince Harry visits New York

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  1. Prince Harry falls off his horse during the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island Sunday, June 27, in New York City. He attended the event to raise funds for a charity helping AIDS-stricken children in Lesotho. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Britain's Prince Harry greets Tanner Higgins Rinaldi, 2, while participating in the Achilles Hope and Possibility Race on June 27 in New York's Central Park. The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans trains and sponsors recently wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to participate in races nationwide. Tanner, who has a prosthetic arm, participated as a member of "From a Step Ahead." (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Prince Harry helps joins U.S. Army veteran Todd Nicely along the route while participating in the Achilles Hope and Possibility Race on Sunday. The prince was on a three-day goodwill visit to the New York area. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prince Harry speaks to guests at a Sentebale Charity event at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., on Saturday. (John Angelillo / Pool / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Prince Harry warms up for before throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins baseball game on Saturday in New York. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Prince Harry is briefed by UNICEF officer June Toda about her experience coordinating mapping from the Haiti earthquake while touring UNICEF offices in New York on Saturday. (Lucas Jackson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Prince Harry speaks with U.S. Marine veteran Aaron Mankin on the deck of the US Intrepid on Friday in New York. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Prince Harry takes some practice shots at a firing range while visiting West Point on Friday. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Britain's Prince Harry, right, straps on a helmet at the United States Military Academy Camp Buckner, on June 25, in West Point, N.Y. (Chad Rachman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Prince Harry prepares to throw out the opening pitch prior at the Minnesota Twins-New York Mets game at CitiField Saturday. The prince will be promoting his charity during his visit to the U.S.
updated 6/26/2010 11:58:45 PM ET 2010-06-27T03:58:45

Britain's Prince Harry showed he can shoot. On the second day of his U.S. visit, New Yorkers got to see his arm.

After firing an M4 rifle during a training exercise Friday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harry threw out the first pitch at Saturday's New York Mets game against the Minnesota Twins.

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue Mets cap, he sheepishly waved to the crowd as he stood on the top of the mound. He then shook his right arm several times and did a full body jiggle to loosen up.

The 25-year-old prince threw with some zip to Mets catcher Rod Barajas, who stood from his crouch to catch the throw that crossed the plate.

Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey gave Harry throwing advice about a half-hour before the game.

Earlier Saturday, he visited UNICEF, where staff members briefed him on the U.N. agency's use of mapping technology to respond to crises such as the earthquake in Haiti.

The prince, the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, began his three-day visit Friday at West Point to look for ways British and U.S. veterans charities can work together to support wounded troops returning home.

Harry, third in line to the British throne, arrived by helicopter uniformed in camouflage. He hopped on the back of a Humvee, swapped his light blue beret for a helmet and headed out for live-fire exercises on the firing range and field exercises in nearby woods.

Harry fired an M4 along with a team of West Point cadets involved in a firing range training exercise. He and the cadets shot at pop-up silhouette targets anywhere from 50 to 300 meters away.

Crouched in the gravel and then later lying down, Harry had to hit the enemy targets but refrain from shooting at the yellow-banded friendlies. Col. Casey Haskins said he did quite well, hitting multiple targets.

Aboard the Intrepid
The prince changed into a dark suit for a reception later Friday for British and American veterans and their families at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

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Harry said it was "a bit of a pinch yourself moment" to stand on the flight deck of the Intrepid, a historic aircraft carrier docked on Manhattan's West Side. He said Britain and the U.S. must forge stronger links between their military veterans.

"We in Britain can learn from the American culture of charity and from the great pioneering work in the fields of care, prosthetics and rehabilitation of your universities, hospitals and other organizations," he said. "In turn, I hope we can offer some inspiring examples of our own."

Harry attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and is a lieutenant in the British Army. He served in Afghanistan in 2008 as a battlefield air controller until a media leak cut his time short.

He has made no secret of his desire to return to the front lines, and the decision last month by British Army commanders to train him as an Apache attack helicopter pilot could make that more likely.

Promoting his charity
After Saturday's baseball game, Harry attended a country club reception in Greenwich, Conn., to promote his charity, Sentebale, which provides support to orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, an impoverished African nation whose inhabitants have one of the shortest average life expectancies in the world.

"With my love of children and Africa, Lesotho stood out as a country in desperate need of attention, help and commitment," he said.

His cousin, Princess Beatrice, also attended the event.

On Sunday, Harry is expected to walk with wounded veterans participating in a road race through Central Park. He also plans to participate in the third annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island, in New York Harbor.

The polo event will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, the U.S. arm of the global charity co-founded by Harry.

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