Cheeky Prince Harry is not only not being shunned, he's being embraced by his countrymen.
Today is Day Two of the royal rehabilitation of Harry, who turned up in red sneakers at the Paralympics today to watch the swimming competition. He was greeted with hugs of enthusiasm in the stands and people rushed to get their pictures taken with him.
Judging from the pictures, Harry looked happy and not in the least embarrassed, despite the ongoing kerfuffle over pictures of him drunk and naked in a Las Vegas hotel room last month.
But it's back to royal business as usual for Harry, who turns 28 next week. On Monday, he made his first appearance at the Paralympics (he's an Olympic ambassador for Britain). Then he arrived at a charity event for children during which he gave a well-received speech and was pictured hugging small children recovering from serious illnesses.
"Harry spiked the guns of his critics, pre-empting them by poking fun at himself publicly before anyone else got the chance," reports the Daily Beast's royal columnist, Tom Sykes, from London.
During his speech, Harry at one point alluded to his lack of shyness, and at first there was stunned silence, Sykes reports.
"And then, would you believe it, the cheeky young man smirked, chuckled to himself and the audience, having been given permission, burst into laughter themselves and then applause," Sykes writes. With a roguish grin plastered all over Harry's face, "a thousand cameras clicked and all was forgiven as the nation's hearts melted once again for Prince Harry of Wales."