Prince Harry Arrives in the United States

05/09/2013 at 04:10 PM EDT

Prince Harry Arrives in the United States
Sen. John McCain and Prince Harry
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Why hello, Prince Harry!

The royal, 28, arrived at Dulles International Airport in Virginia Thursday afternoon to kick off his week-long visit to the U.S.

Harry was greeted at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., by shrieking and whooping congressional staffers and interns who lined the marble corridors with their camera phones at the ready.

In a very Senate-worthy dark gray suit and red tie, he took it all in stride. "He seemed a little – the word isn't 'embarrassed,' but he seemed to have a normal sort of sheepish reaction," said Sen. John McCain afterward, joking that he himself gets shrieking women all the time at the Capitol.



Harry also visited the White House and was expected to meet with FLOTUS Michelle Obama.

While Stateside, he also plans to visit Colorado, New Jersey, New York and his trip will end May 15 with a polo match in Greenwich, Conn., to aid his charity Sentebale.

While in the Garden State, Harry will visit areas hit by Superstorm Sandy last fall. And outspoken New Jersey resident Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, for one, hopes he'll contribute to the local economy.



"I know you plan on visiting the Jersey Shore. Even though it's still being reconstructed from Sandy, some businesses are still up and running and they need customers," she tells PEOPLE.

On a lighter note, she adds, "If you enjoy gambling, Atlantic City is awesome – especially The Borgata. It even looks like a modern-day castle!"

With reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL

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