Harry completes tour

LONDON - Say goodbye to the party prince; say hello to the queen's secret weapon.

That's how royal watchers have seen Prince Harry's first major diplomatic tour - a 10-day jaunt to the Caribbean and South America to represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as part of celebrations marking her Diamond Jubilee.

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The trip offered Harry, 27, a first step onto the international stage in a role that will become increasingly common as a younger generation of royals step to the fore.

The official part of the trip, which also included a business-boosting visit to Brazil, ended Sunday with a charity polo match after which Harry gave an exuberant thumbs up after he was kissed on the cheek by a brunette model, above. On Monday, he set out for Brazil's interior to study its ecosystems as part of a private project conducted by the charitable foundation he runs with his brother, Prince William.

Missing Whitney

NEW YORK - In her first interview since Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.

"She's always with me," said the 19-year-old, Houston's only child and sole heir. "Her spirit is strong, it's a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."

Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's network, OWN, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer's manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston.

Brown credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother's death on Feb. 11 at the age of 48.

"It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It's my mom," she said.

'DWTS' hopes

LONDON - Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins may have a leg up on some of her "Dancing with the Stars" competitors: She's already used to high heels.

The mezzo-soprano has been practicing for the show in London with professional partner Mark Ballas.

He says her preference for stilettos is an advantage because she is used to running around in shoes that are higher than ballroom shoes.

The two fly to the U.S. Monday to join the other competitors, who include "Family Matters" actor Jaleel White, singer Gladys Knight and National Football League player Donald Driver.

Jenkins and Ballas deny rumors they are romantically linked off the dance floor.

Beyonce, Jay-Z jam

NEW YORK - It was Sunday "fun day" for Beyonce and Jay-Z: The new parents enjoyed a concert by R&B singer The-Dream in New York.

The top music couple jammed to the singer-songwriter in the VIP section of SOB's, a small club that houses a few hundred people.

The-Dream co-wrote and co-produced Beyonce's massive hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

He performed a number of his own hits Sunday night, including "Shawty Is a 10," ''Falsetto" and "I Luv Your Girl."

The Grammy winner thanked the crowd for coming out, saying: "I know some of ya'll got kids at home." Beyonce and Jay-Z have a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born in January.

Sutherland's new show

LONDON - Kiefer Sutherland thinks his new TV show "Touch" will break down cultural barriers.

The star of the action-packed "24" says the new science fiction drama series by writer Tim Kring focuses on the similarities between different cultures and faiths. Sutherland says that's unique for a U.S. show, approaching "something from the perspective of 'What are the things that we have in common?'"

"Touch" features Sutherland as Martin Bohm, the father of a super-intelligent mute son with a unique ability to connect with the world and find patterns in it.

The show's international outlook means "Touch" will launch simultaneously in many countries around the world. It premieres March 22 in the U.S on Fox.

Lauper supports Japan

TOKYO - Cyndi Lauper is admired in Japan for not running away after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Now, the American singer is back to show the Japanese people that she hasn't forgotten them.

Lauper had arrived in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, just as the massive quake struck northern Japan. She stayed to perform her concerts as planned, even though fears of radiation from a tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima caused many other performers and visitors to flee. She said she stayed to console survivors with her music.

She's now back in the country to perform again. Lauper said Monday that she is urging people to buy things from the disaster-hit areas to help people there get back on their feet.

"It's a big tragedy but everybody is trying to move forward. I just want to say, hey, don't forget about Japan," Lauper told a news conference in Tokyo.

'AGT' champ to try politics

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The one-time winner of the NBC show "America's Got Talent" has decided to make another stab at politics.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Neal Boyd of Sikeston will seek election as a Republican in the newly drawn 149th Missouri House District. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder made the announcement Saturday at a Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day event.

Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008. He announced a run for a state House seat last fall but later pulled out.

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