— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 1, 2016
Prince Harry has been doing a lot of amazing, adorable things during his Caribbean tour these past two weeks, but things got really exciting when he finally came face to face with Rihanna. The prince and the pop princess met on Wednesday at the Toast to the Nation event to celebrate 50 years of independence in Barbados, and on Thursday — which marked World AIDS Day — the two linked up again for the Man Aware campaign, where they each got a blood test. Harry went first and was visibly tense when seeing the needle, taking a deep breath and saying, "It doesn't matter how many times [you] do it, it still hurts." Rihanna agreed, but when it was her turn to get pricked, the singer didn't have quite the same reaction. She even teased Harry for being so scared, shouting, "That was not bad! You really made it seem like it hurt!" In Harry's defense, Rihanna clearly has a higher pain tolerance, as evidenced by her many tattoos.
"He sent his security . . . [they] just showed up at my place and dragged me out of bed, and here I am."
After getting their blood taken, Harry and Rihanna stopped for an interview with BBC News to reveal how their joint HIV/AIDS test came about. "He sent his security . . . [they] just showed up at my place and dragged me out of bed, and here I am," Rihanna joked. Harry laughed and continued: "It's an opportunity that anybody in my position would have asked her to do." They also talked about their goal to raise awareness for new and improved testing techniques: "We just want to show people how easy it is . . . and how you shouldn't be afraid of knowing your status," Rihanna said. Harry famously got tested back in July during a visit to a London clinic, which he admitted to being "nervous" about.
— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) December 1, 2016