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PETA puts Prince Harry in same category as Super Mario

November 16, 2011 |  1:54 pm

PETA women in Arizona to tell Prince Harry not to eat meat.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is up in arms over the fur suit Super Mario wears in his newest video game. But another famous name has run afoul of the animal rights group: Prince Harry -- for eating a pizza.

PETA last week sent two women in chili pepper bikinis to Gila Bend, Ariz., where the prince, a helicopter pilot, is training at Air Force Auxiliary Field. The two-month U.S. training stint began in El Centro, Calif.

The group decided to combine its don’t-eat-meat message with women in bikinis for a couple of reasons.

First, there’s Harry’s reputation as something of a royal wild child.  There’s a meat lover’s pizza he reportedly ordered -- ham, bacon, sausage and pepperoni.

And then there were those reports by British media that Gila Bend Mayor Ron Henry had supposedly worried about Prince Harry’s partying ways. He was reported as warning Prince Harry not to, as PETA media coordinator Andy Miller put it, "interact with the locals."

A report in the Daily Mail put it more crudely -- claiming that the mayor had said Harry shouldn’t be “fornicating the night away.” The mayor, in a news release on the Gila Bend website, said that those comments were "total fabrications" that "deeply saddened" him.

Still, they grabbed the attention of PETA, which dispatched the women to the town, Miller told The Times.

The chili-wearing women posed in front of the town sign -- "Home of 1700 friendly people and 5 old crabs" -- and carried placards that said "Let us spice up your life," Miller said. "They got some honks."

Two employees at the Gila Bend town hall, who asked not to be named, said they weren't aware of the visit by the bikini-clad duo. But the city has been taking Harry's royal presence in stride.

Said the mayor, also in the aforementioned news release:

Much to the surprise and delight of the community, Prince Harry recently dined at Little Italy, with about 30 of his fellow pilots. Mayor Henry was quick to note that, “as a testament to the character of the community, Prince Harry was left alone by fellow diners. The fact that Prince Harry was not bothered by anyone says quite a bit about the good people we have here in Gila Bend. We respect his privacy. We admire his commitment to his mission, as well as his ‘down to earth’ demeanor.

Gila Bend wasn't disturbed by Prince Harry's choice of meal.

Said the town hall source: "Poor guy. Can't even eat a pizza."


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Photo: PETA activists, in bikinis, visit Arizona. Credit: PETA