Lewis Hamilton drives Prince Harry to Silverstone museum ahead of Megxit

Prince Harry is shown around Silverstone by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (Picture: Rex/PA)

Prince Harry shared a warm embrace with six-time Formula One world champion driver Lewis Hamilton on one of his final duties as a senior royal.

The Duke of Sussex officially opened a new museum showcasing the Silverstone racetrack and was driven to its doors in an electric Mercedes by Hamilton.

The royal paid tribute to staff at The Silverstone Experience, a museum charting British motor racing through the years.

He said they had managed to turn a ‘cold, dusty’ World War Two hangar into something ‘remarkable.’

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain's Formula One world champion driver Lewis Hamilton (L) embrace as they leave after a visit to officially open the Silverstone Experience at Silverstone motor racing circuit, in central England on March 6, 2020. - The Silverstone Experience is the new home to the archive of the British Racing Drivers Club. The museum brings the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Formula One world champion driver Lewis Hamilton embrace after a visit to officially open The Silverstone Experience in Northamptonshire (Picture: AFP)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) speaks with Britain's Formula One world champion driver Lewis Hamilton (L) during a visit to officially open the Silverstone Experience at Silverstone motor racing circuit, in central England on March 6, 2020. - The Silverstone Experience is the new home to the archive of the British Racing Drivers Club. The museum brings the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Silverstone Experience is the new home to the archive of the British Racing Drivers Club (Picture: AFP)

The experience in Northamptonshire is the new home of the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) archive and also boasts hands-on exhibits for visitors.

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Harry was greeted by dignitaries including former world champion F1 driver Damon Hill – who took the crown with the Williams team in 1996.

He also met some of the current crop of drivers, Williams’ George Russell and Red Bull racer Alex Albon.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C) arrives in an electric Mercedes driven by Britain's Formula One world champion driver Lewis Hamilton to officially open the Silverstone Experience at Silverstone motor racing circuit, in central England on March 6, 2020. - The Silverstone Experience is the new home to the archive of the British Racing Drivers Club. The museum brings the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrived in an electric Mercedes driven by Lewis Hamilton (Picture: AFP)

The visit marks a final run of royal duties for Harry since he and his wife Meghan issued their bombshell announcement that they were moving to Canada and stepping down as senior royals.

Last night they celebrated the achievements of wounded, sick and injured service personnel at the Endeavour Fund Awards.

They will attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7, and Meghan will mark International Women’s Day.

The duke and duchess will join the Queen and other royals at the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey on March 9 – their last official appearance as HRHs.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House (Picture: WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leaves after attending the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry will formally step down as a senior royal at the end of this month (Picture: AFP)

Harry’s solo tour of The Silverstone Experience saw him officially open the building on Friday morning.

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He said: ‘I’ll keep this brief – there’s nothing better than officially opening a building that is very much open.

‘Tomorrow marks two years since we were last here and I can’t believe that you’ve managed to turn a World War Two hangar that was pretty cold, pretty dusty, two years ago into this remarkable experience.

‘Thank you for being able to do that under a huge amount of pressure as well, thank you for providing so many of these opportunities for so many young people.

‘And thank you for really putting a marker down for what British motor-racing means to the world.”

He added: ‘It’s a long time coming, having walked through it now I am probably going to have to come back to actually really soak up the experience for myself.’

Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, begins his bid to take a record-equalling seventh world title when the new Formula One season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix next weekend.

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