Prince Harry and Barbadian pop princess Rihanna sat side by side as they underwent HIV tests. The pair volunteered to be tested to highlight World Aids Day in a bid to reduce the stigma surrounding the condition.
They were tested in Bridgetown on Rihanna’s native island of Barbados as Prince Harry winds up his tour of the Commonwealth island, which is marking 50 years of independence from Britain.
Rihanna joked that she had been much braver than Prince Harry, who had winced when he had his test, complaining that it hurt. Both the singer and the prince tested negative after waiting for their results for 20 minutes.
Prince Harry, 32, asked Rihanna, 28, if she would take the test with him after the two talked to each other following a celebratory anniversary concert. Prince Harry has already taken one HIV test in public this year in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of being tested in a bid to reduce the numbers of people living with the disease undiagnosed.
Rihanna told him: “You made it seem like it hurts. It’s not as painful as you said this morning.” She also told him that she was “very positive” about what he was doing. The singer arrived for her test driving a Jeep herself and her arrival went under the radar for a few minutes as people had been expecting her to turn up with a large entourage.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace praised Rihanna for agreeing to the test, which had only been agreed to the evening before. The palace said: “She was very happy to do it. She has had people in her life that she has known who have died from AIDS. She said this is important and she wanted to do this.” It is now hoped that the tens of millions of followers she has on social media may also take the test.