2012
03.06

Anastagia Chats with Prince Harry

Never could she have imagined that a comment said in jest would have landed her in the international spotlight in such an incredible manner. The international media were all in tow on Monday to get a photo with Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre and HRH Prince Harry together, after widely reporting that the beauty queen had plans to hitch the prince. And they got their wish during a private luncheon at which the prince met a select few of the country’s youth leaders, including Anastagia and Miss World Bahamas Sasha Joyce.

Cameras flashed as if it were a red carpet premier as the prince was introduced to the Bahamian beauty. “The minister presented me to him as the one everybody ’s been talking about,” said Anastagia. “He said, ‘So you’re the one?’ I said, ‘It was supposed to be light-hearted but it has been blown out of all proportion’. He said, ‘It always is’.” The two also talked about the role of beauty queens, and Anastagia used the opportunity to dispel a myth. “He asked me if it was all about world peace as people always think,” Ms Pierre said. “I replied that it’s more about charity work.”

Their encounter was brief, but not brief enough to deter the international press who seemed determined to run with the story. It seems that Anastagia is on the way to becoming an international celebrity by declaring Harry was “hot” and joking that she was there to fall in love with him. When a call came from US weekly seeking her whereabouts, we knew it had gone to another level. As the reporter explained, “We cover everything celebrity and entertainment, and we’d like to talk to the queen about her encounter with the prince.” We were told the article would appear on their website, and possibly in their magazine.

Anastagia attends the Youth Rally in honor of Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, the media worldwide continues to focus on the “couple”, as some have referred to them. From India, to Australia, London to New York, the story has taken on a life of its own. Since the story broke, Anastagia has been on television in London, the US, the Netherlands, Australia, India, and Belgium just to name a few, and featured in over 30 publications around the world including Germany, Malaysia, Switzerland, Jamaica, Ireland, and Poland! While some Bahamians appear to be miffed about the whole thing, the international media can’t seem to get enough of their newest darling, Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre.

Us Weekly
Washington Post
MSN Wonderwall
BBC America
Hello Magazine
The Daily Mail
Mirror
The Australian
Times of India
Ghana mma

The following video, courtesy of The Telegraph, captures their brief encounter.

CelebTV reports on the highlights of Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour.

Anastagia was featured on ZNS News following her royal encounter.

2012
03.05

A dashing Prince Harry arrives to Christ Church Cathedral.

Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre arrives to Christ Church Cathedral.

It was a lighthearted answer to a lighthearted question… and it has landed Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre in newspapers, on television, and on the internet across the globe! Media outlets from the U.K., to Australia, to the U.S. and everywhere in between are playing “matchmaker” with the Bahamian beauty queen and the British monarch HRH Prince Harry who is on an official visit to the Bahamas as part of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubliee celebrations.

Anastagia and her sister queen Miss World Bahamas Sasha Joyce are among the special guests who have been invited to attend the events surrounding the royal visit, including this morning’s service at Christ Church Cathedral. However, Anastagia arrived at the event early, and met a large contingent of international press waiting. She was interviewed and photographed by them all and as such, expected to see perhaps a quote here or a photo there as a result. What she didn’t anticipate is what happened next – a story gone viral regarding her candid comments about the handsome prince.

“I am flattered, and also pretty surprised about all of the international press that has stirred up over just a few hours!!” she exclaims. Anastagia explains that when she arrived at Christ Church Cathedral this morning there were several media outlets lined up to speak with her and they all asked “So, Miss Bahamas, what brings you here to church today?” She jokingly replied, “I came here to fall in love with Prince Harry” in an attempt to lighten the mood and break the ice. She then went on to explain that her intention was to be a good representative of her country The Bahamas, of our youth, and of the organizations and charities that she works closely with. She also went on to say that she is very excited that her reign fell during the year of the Diamond Jubliee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and she is honored to be apart of it”. The press however, zoned in on her remarks relating to the prince, asking “so you are a very beautiful young woman, and the prince is single! How do you feel about that?! Do you think he’s ‘Hot’ as people here say? Would you marry him?” Anastagia laughed and answered simply, “Well, yeah, sure!” Fast forward a few hours later, and she is now being reported across the world as the beauty queen who is enarmored with the British prince!

Like Anastagia, MBO President Michelle Malcolm – a former journalist – is surprised at how far and how fast the story has spread. “It only proves what I have been saying all along,” she says. “This solidifies the fact that beauty queens have the ability to capture the attention of the world like perhaps no one else can. Add to the mix a handsome prince, and you’ve got a story that’s on fire!”

Both Anastagia and Sasha are invited guests to the Youth Rally scheduled for Monday morning at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and a private luncheon to follow where Prince Harry will meet with a select group of the country’s leading youth.

Here are some of the articles which appear around the world.

The Huffington Post

USA Today

Daily Mail

Metro

Mirror

The Australian

Ramkshrestha (Nepal)

2012
03.05

Bahamian Beauties attend special service at Christ Church Cathedral.

Miss World Bahamas Sasha Joyce and Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre were among the invited guests attending a morning service at Christ Church Cathedral, the first engagement of HRH Prince Harry during his short tour of The Bahamas. Prince Harry is in the Bahamas representing his grandmother, HRH Queen Elizabeth II as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations as head of the British monarchy. The two beauties also attended the opening ceremony of an exhibition featuring the life of the queen, which was officially opened by the Prince. They will be among the thousands of young people attending a youth rally at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and they will have an opportunity to meet the Prince up close and personal during a private luncheon for youth leaders on Monday afternoon.