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TODAY   |  June 27, 2010

Prince Harry charms on New York visit

From showing off his pitching arm – and his appreciation for America’s pastime – to spending time at West Point, Harry, the third in line to the British throne, is carving out a royal place of his own during his time in the Big Apple. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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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 .