Prince Harry is to return to America for the first time since he sparked outrage by being photographed naked during a break in Las Vegas.

Harry will travel to the US in May to champion the rehabilitation of US and UK troops, support British interests and promote his own charities, St James' Palace announced on Monday.

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Prince Harry enjoyed his last trip to the USA although he later regretted the naked incident

The Prince committed the high-profile gaffe last summer, before his deployment to Afghanistan, and was photographed nude during a "strip billiards" party in a £5,000-a-night hotel.

When Harry returned in January from his military tour co-piloting Apache helicopters he admitted he had "let himself and his family down".

During his tour of the US Harry will watch the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games, where injured servicemen and women will compete in Paralympic-style competitions, and attend some of the events.

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Britain are entering a team for the first time at the event being staged in Colorado Springs and the Prince is known to be a big supporter of the competition after he met UK troops who took part as individuals last year.

His tour will also take him to the capital Washington, Denver, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from 9 to 15 May.

Survivors of Hurricane Sandy will welcome the Prince to New Jersey and he will also stage his fundraising Sentebale Polo Cup match, in Connecticut, in aid of his African-based charity.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Harry's private secretary, briefed the press about the visit: "Prince Harry wants to highlight once again the extraordinary commitment and sacrifice of our injured service men and women - our wounded warriors."

He added: "Although a Prince, Harry is also an operational soldier - indeed he's a soldier's soldier - therefore throughout this briefing the recurring theme is to help recognise and bring a spotlight onto the work being done to help these outstanding young men and women."

Mr Lowther-Pinkerton went on: "The visit is also about supporting charities with which Prince Harry is closely involved.

"These focus on humanitarian landmine clearance, promoting two of the (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's) Royal Foundation's core aims - support to military veterans and empowering children and young people through sport - and supporting the work of the Prince's African charity for orphans and vulnerable young children - Sentebale.

"As a senior member of the Royal Family Prince Harry will also directly support the interests of the country in the United States as part of the vital role the Royal Family play representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland overseas."

Earlier this month, Harry became patron of anti-landmine charity the Halo Trust's 25th anniversary appeal and in Washington he will visit an exhibition about the clearance of ordnance from parts of the world.

In New York the Prince will support the Great Campaign, a government initiative which promotes the UK around the world on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

Harry will also attend a baseball event in the Big Apple as he promotes a sports programme involving his Royal Foundation.

All of the Prince's international flights and those within America will be on commercial services and his entourage will comprise five people - two press office staff, a tour manager, adviser Sir David Manning and Mr Lowther-Pinkerton.

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