British royalty met pop music royalty this week as Prince Harry met pop queen Rihanna in Barbados to celebrate the Caribbean island’s 50th anniversary of independence.

RiRi met up with the 32 year old prince in the capital Bridgetown on Wednesday afternoon (November 30th) and appeared to quickly become friends, later being spotted sitting next to each other at the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert at the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground later that evening.

RihannaRihanna met with Prince Harry on the 50th anniversary of Barbados' independence

It marked the tenth day of the young royal’s two week official visit to the Caribbean. A senior royal aide said that Prince Harry, who wore his medals and insignia as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for the event, had been told just 20 minutes beforehand that Rihanna would be in attendance.

Harry also read a message from the Queen to mark the anniversary of Barbados’ independence from Britain, which broke away from British rule on 30th November 1966.

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“Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Barbados. Our countries have a shared history, shared values and an affection which continues to bind us," the message read.

Later that evening, when Harry and RiRi were spotted watching the special event at the 20,000 capacity Kensington Oval, the pair were cheered by the crowd. Harry got a good reception, but the bigger cheer was reserved for Barbadian-born Rihanna, who has notched up eight UK Number One hits and 29 Top Ten hits in addition.

In another speech, he told the crowd: “Your independence was a declaration of confidence in the future. And 50 years on Barbados is a country rightfully proud of its vibrant culture, its sporting prowess, and its natural beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world.”

Harry’s tour has taken in St. Kitt’s & Nevis, Grenada and St. Lucia, and will end in Guyana this weekend.

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