Like the frog who was kissed by a fair maiden and turned into a Prince, Prince Harry has been transformed in the past ten days from the Royal family's dypsomaniac-in-chief into its principal asset.
His tour of the Caribbean and Brazil to celebrate the Jubilee and promote Britain abroad came to an end last night, with Harry playing in a polo match in support of his Lesotho kid's charity, Sentebale. It was the final chapter in an amazing ten days which has seen Prince Harry not so much shake off his reputation as a party boy Playboy prince, but demonstrate that a fun-loving nature is not neccesarily incompatible with a life of Royal duty.
In the process, he has not just reinvented himself, but also massively improved the standing of the Royal Family in the eyes of a large swathe of the world.
As UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who joined Harry for the launch of the Great initiative at Rio's Sugarloaf mountain, said: "Prince Harry is worth a thousand politicians. As you can see he has extraordinary celebrity pulling power. The way he's approached things here in Brazil sums up what we're most proud about with the Royal Family."