Prince Harry masters haka at Linton camp gallery video

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Prince Harry learns the haka during his tour around Linton Army Camp.

With sweat on his brow and a look of intense concentration on his face, Prince Harry did himself proud in his debut haka.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Brett Pene, the kaiako (tutor) who put Prince Harry through his paces, said it was a "humbling" experience to have Prince Harry perform the Ngāti Tūmatauenga haka with the group at the Linton Military Camp on Wednesday.

"Given the time restraints, in trying to teach him I know it was a bit difficult trying to learn the actions and the words, so I think he did really well.

Although there had been a few moments of angst, the prince did "really well", Pene said.

"He got a bit frustrated here and there, but that happens when you've only got 20 minutes to learn.

"He was familiar with the haka, so he wanted to know whether we'd do 'Ka Mate', but we did the army haka. As soldiers, it's not everyday you have a member of of the royal family doing the haka with you," Pene said.

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Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

Prince Harry does the haka with soldiers at Linton Military Camp.

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Prince Harry practises the haka at Linton Military Camp.

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