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Police: Prince Harry's Visit To Greenwich Won't Cost Taxpayers A Dime

Prince Harry's visit to Greenwich is not expected to cost taxpayers much, if anything at all, according to police officials.
Prince Harry's visit to Greenwich is not expected to cost taxpayers much, if anything at all, according to police officials. Photo Credit: Courtesy of PrinceHenryofWales.org

GREENWICH, Conn. – Worried about the cost to the taxpayers when Prince Harry drops into town next week? A re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party in Greenwich Harbor won't be necessary. The British royal's stay will cost the Greenwich taxpayer little to nothing.

None of the roads in Greenwich will be closed, and no additional police patrols are expected as Harry breezes into town Wednesday, according to Technician Roger Drenth of the Greenwich Police Department Traffic Section.

"It's not like if the president comes, and we have to shut everything down," Drenth said. "There will be absolutely no disturbance to local traffic, and parking will remain the same."

Prince Harry, who is third in line to the throne in the United Kingdom, will compete in the fourth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at the Greenwich Polo Club in the last stop of a weeklong tour of the United States .

The Greenwich event is invite-only and is closed to the public. The polo club is on North Street at Hurlingham Drive in backcountry Greenwich near the New York border.

"He has his own security detail that protects him," Drenth said of Prince Harry. "I'm sure security will be tight at the Polo Grounds, but everything is limited to there."

The prince's whirlwind tour of the United States  will be charity- and nonprofit-minded, with visits and fundraisers to several different organizations.

In addition to coming to Greenwich, Prince Harry will make stops in Colorado Springs, Colo.; two towns in New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy; and New York City.

He arrived in Washington on Thursday to start the trip, stopping at Capitol Hill and attending a photography exhibit on landmines.

The exhibit, organized by British nonprofit HALO Trust, examines the dangers of unexploded land mines and ordnances. Prince Harry’s interest in the issue comes from his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, who adopted landmine safety as one of her humanitarian issues.

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