Prince Harry collects humanitarian award in Washington
He's been called Harry the Playboy and Harry the Hero; now they'll have to start calling him Harry the Humanitarian.
Prince Harry received the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership tonight in Washington.
Harry, 27, accepted on behalf of himself and his brother, Prince William. Both are officers in the British military. They were honored for their efforts to help rehabilitate wounded veterans and smooth their transition back to civilian life.
Harry, who drew a large crowd and a huge press contingent, spoke at the awards dinner at a Georgetown hotel. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were hosts.
Introduced by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, who said Prince Harry's presence dropped the average age of a typical Council audience at least 25 years, Harry accepted the award with humility.
"This isn't daunting at all," he joked. "For a captain in the British army to be introduced by a world-renowned statesman is humbling and entirely terrifying."
He accepted the award, he said, on behalf of the "guys," the veterans of both countries, especially the wounded. He urged Americans and British to work together to help the wounded go back to civilian life with "purpose, hope and confidence."
"These people - ours and yours - are extraordinary," he said. "I salute our wounded veterans."
The non-partisan Atlantic Council every year awards individuals and groups for achievements in diplomacy, the military, business, humanitarian work and artistic endeavors.