What's Prince Harry doing with a goat?

Royals have to do kooky things sometimes but count on Prince Harry to be game for anything. Like getting up close and personal with a goat.

British Army Capt. Harry Wales actually was honoring the military when he met Shenkin, the regimental mascot goat of the Royal Welsh Battalion, on the red carpet at a screening in London today of the classic film Zulu, digitally re-mastered for its 50th anniversary.

If it seems daft, it's not, because the British Army is almost as famous for its mascots (dogs, ponies, goats) as its battles. The BBC even once did an "interview" with Shenkin.

The 1964 movie Zulu, starring Michael Caine, tells the story of one battle in the British invasion of the Zulu kingdom of southern Africa in 1879. It's a story of disaster followed by triumph, when 139 British soldiers held off 4,000 Zulus until reinforcements arrived and the Zulus were defeated.

The British Army considers it one of its finest hours; the Zulus, not so much. The Zulus lost their kingdom, the Brits got their gold mines and Zululand became part of the sun-never-sets colonial empire (and now it's part of South Africa).

Still, the movie screening was for good causes, another reason Harry was there. Money raised will go to his African charity, Sentebale, and his injured veterans charity, Walking With the Wounded.


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