Prince Harry braves the SA heat on char­ity trip

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

Bri­tain’s party-lov­ing Prince Harry slathered him­self with sun­screen as he grew pink dur­ing a visit to South Africa and Le­sotho this week.

On Thurs­day, Harry draped a tra­di­tional blan­ket around his shoul­ders as he danced with chil­dren and joked with Prince Seeiso at a party in a vil­lage near Le­sotho’s cap­i­tal, Maseru.

The 31-year-old royal was in high spir­its and joked about get­ting sun­burnt in the 32°C heat, Hello! mag­a­zine re­ported. Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, he pointed at his pink glow. “That’s gin­gers for you,” he said. Harry was in Le­sotho for the open­ing of a cen­tre for chil­dren liv­ing with HIV/Aids, a project of the char­ity Sen­te­bale, which he co-founded with Prince Seeiso in mem­ory of their re­spec­tive moth­ers in 2006.

Prince Seeiso re­called: “I took Prince Harry to stay overnight at one of our cat­tle posts. From this, the dream of Sen­te­bale was born: to give the of­ten for­got­ten chil­dren a chance of some school­ing.”

On Thurs­day, Harry de­liv­ered an emo­tional speech, re­fer­ring to the death of his mother, Princess Diana: “I was struck by the many chil­dren I met whose lives had been shat­tered by the loss of a par­ent...

“I, like them, knew there would al­ways be a gap­ing hole that could never be filled.”

After the speeches, the chil­dren were treated to a lunch of fried fish, salad, bread, potato chips and or­ange juice.

On Fri­day, Harry and his en­tourage ar­rived in Cape Town, where he stayed at the The Bay Ho­tel over­look­ing Camps Bay.

Yes­ter­day, he smiled at on­look­ers from astride his horse at the Val de Vie polo es­tate near Paarl, where he cap­tained a team at a fundrais­ing game for Sen­te­bale.

Harry is no stranger to Cape Town. In 2006, he wore a fe­dora and mob­ster suit to the 1920s-themed 21st birth­day bash of his ex-girl­friend Chelsy Davy at Bel­uga restau­rant in Green Point. Davy lived in New­lands while study­ing for her BCom at the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

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PHOTO: MIKE HUTCH­INGS / REUTERS

ROY­ALS Princess Mabereng and Prince Harry on a visit to the Mamo­hato Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Thaba Bo­siu, Le­sotho

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