He's young, hot, richer than all get-out, and a real prince. We mean Prince Harry of Wales, 24, second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and also vet of the Afghan war and rehab. He began an NYC jaunt yesterday, his first trip as an official royal rep. He's meeting with relatives of 9/11 victims, laying a wreath at ground zero, and, as his mom did so well, plumping for kids' charities.

Local cartoonist shreds!

Cartoonist

Mark Tatulli

lives in Washington Twp., Gloucester County, and creates the cartoon

Lio

, which you can follow in The Inquirer. Thanks to

Lio

, he is this year's winner of the National Cartoonists Society's award for best comic strip.

So long, Jay ...

Jay Leno

bowed out of

The Tonight Show

last night by saluting his favorite comedy targets during his 17 years as host. "I want to thank all the people who made it possible:

Michael Jackson, Monica Lewinsky

, and

Bill Clinton

," he said to a standing O. Leno, who is moving to NBC's prime time this fall, also fit in a last shot at

O.J. Simpson

. In cleaning out his office, the comedian said, "I found O.J.'s knife. I had it the whole time."

Conan O'Brien

, who takes over

Tonight

on Monday, was Leno's final guest, with

James Taylor

the last musical performer

.

Sing it, Susan

For tubular drama, you cannot beat today's final of

Britain's Got Talent

, the U.K. surreality-competition show that brought

Susan Boyle

to global phenom-dom. Check YouTube or other sites for results. The show starts at 1:45 p.m. our time. Every bookie from here to Hialeah has her winning - no pressure here!

Dots and Dishes

N.Y. Yankee slugger

Alex Rodriguez

and actress

Kate Hudson

overnighted at the Hotel ZaZa in Dallas after the Yankees-Rangers game Wednesday. . . .

Melissa Joan Hart

, 33, of

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

, graces the cover of the new People, having shed 42 pounds in 14 months. She had become, er,

extensive

as the mom of two. Melissa follows in the gym-steps of

Demi Moore

, 46, and

Valerie Bertinelli

, 49, who have tortured themselves skinny, slung on bikinis, and done a mag cover recently. Who's next?

Rosie?

. . . Speaking of covers:

Adam Lambert

,

American Idol

also-ran, will front the next Rolling Stone. He'll also officially come out as a gay man. Surprise meter: zero! After all, on ABC's

The View

yesterday,

Idol

judge

Kara DioGuardi

sillily outed him, airily remarking, la la la, that "I think he was always openly out." Zip it, Kara baby.

This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.