Prince Harry's Emotional Return Visit To Africa
To the place he calls his second home.
Prince Harry has made an emotional return visit to Lesotho in southern Africa -- a place he refers to as his "second home" -- to open a community centre for children.
The newly married Duke of Sussex, 33, officially opened a school by unveiling a plaque at the Phelisanong Children's Centre in the small town of Pitseng on Sunday, on behalf of his charity Sentebale, which he co-founded with his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006.
Speaking very highly of Harry, Prince Seeiso told People that the children "all love" the Duke of Sussex for his commitment and devotion to helping them.
"We started this from zero. [Harry] has always had the passion, he has always had the vision," Prince Seeiso said.
One local took to social media to share in his delight that the Duke had visited.
“So humbled! Words cannot and will not express this insurmountable joy that a brother is feeling,” he continued. “To the #Duke of #Sussex thank you #PrinceHarry,” he wrote.
Meghan Markle didn't join the Duke on his first official low-key trip back to the Commonwealth nation, however. She instead stayed at home and will no doubt have her own duties to attend to.
The official visit comes only days after Harry and Meghan attended Royal Ascot alongside Her Majesty The Queen. According to The Sun, Harry was joined by his friend and Sentebale ambassador, Adam Bidwell.
A Sentebale spokesperson also told People that during his time in the nation, Harry also opened a newly funded dining hall that will provide a safe haven for children in need.
“During his private working visit to Sentebale in Lesotho, The Duke visited one of Sentebale’s community-led partners for the opening of a new dining hall. This was funded by the charity and will provide a space for children to eat together and have an indoor space to play,” the spokesperson said.
There's no denying that Lesotho -- and Africa in general -- holds a special place in Harry's heart. After all, he's travelled to the continent many times since he was a young boy and has previously referred to it as the place where he feels "more like himself than anywhere in the world".
The Commonwealth nation is also the homeland of Mutsu Potane, the longtime friend of Harry, whom he met way back in 2004 as a little four-year-old child. Their relationship is so strong, Harry even invited Mutsu to his nuptials with Meghan Markle last month.
What's more, Harry even took Meghan to Africa for a luxury safari holiday just weeks after their first official date. Heck, the now Duchess' engagement ring -- crafted by royal jewellers Cleave and Company -- even has a Botswana diamond in it.
We think that pretty much sums it up, don't you?
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