Any suspicions that Prince Harry, in his new role as Royal diplomat, would be shunning the bright lights of the city were firmly done away with last night as Harry hit the town on his first night back in London, heading to the Brompton Club where he hung out with friends until a little after 1am. He was spotted out with his friends Tom Inskip and Jake Warren. Also with the gang of revelers was Melissa Percy, 23, whose brother George is thought to be dating Pippa Middleton. Harry accompanied another blonde outside for some fresh air when she ducked outside into a dingy stairwell for a smoke.
Melissa, 23, is known to have dated Thomas van Straubenzee, Harry's pal whom he may yet have to appear in court on behalf of after coming to his aid during a mobile phone robbery, but van was not with the royal party last night. She is a best friend of Harry's former squeeze, Chelsy.
The 1am finish makes it a quiet night out by the Prince’s standards who usually likes to hit the highway closer to 3am.
But then again, the Prince, who was wearing a plain blue shirt and black pants, had just got back from Brazil yesterday morning, where he had spent the last three days on a private holiday, following his staggeringly successful world tour. Even princes need a little time to warm up.
Harry recently told an interviewer about the difficulty of finding a woman able to ‘take on’ the pressures of being his girlfriend, and it seemed he might be interviewing for the job last night, spending some time chatting to Melissa, a close friend of his ex, Chelsy Davy. She was later spotted leaving the club in stockinged feet, carrying her thigh boots and a blue Prada purse as she hopped into a cab.
Sixty years and hardly a slip.