Prince Harry snapped leaving T.K. Maxx discount store in London on May 17.
(Photo: Mavrixonline /OIC)
(USA TODAY) -- Maybe they're on a cost-cutting campaign at Buckingham Palace?
Or maybe Prince Harry really is about as normal as you can get for a British royal, third-in-line to the throne: He shops discount.
On May 17, two days after returning to London from his exuberant tour of the USA, Harry was spotted in a T.K. Maxx (the British version of T.J. Maxx) in the Kensington High Street near Kensington Palace.
Apparently, he was hardly noticed in the busy store but someone outside - a paparazzo, or an ordinary bloke with a cellphone? - saw him as he was leaving and snapped a picture. But the London media didn't start running the photo and the story until a week later.
"Bargain hunt heir," read the Daily Mirror headline.
"Kate Middleton isn't the only thrifty royal in town," the paper added. (That was a reference to his sister-in-law, Duchess Kate of Cambridge, who doesn't mind wearing affordable or recycling her outfits and is said to be a fan of T.K. Maxx.)
Now, two weeks later, T.J. Maxx in the USA has acquired the photo, which shows Harry dressed in jeans, a fleece sweatshirt and a baseball cap, and carrying a white plastic bag. British media report he spent about a half-hour in the store, and forked over about $240 on a T-shirt, hoodie, underwear and iPhone case.