Prince Harry will spend Thanksgiving with children in Africa. His official tour to Africa has been revealed by the Kensington Palace. The 31-year-old, who spent the summer carrying out conservation work in Africa, will arrive for a week-long tour of Lesotho and South Africa on Nov. 26.
The British royal will begin his tour with a visit to Lesotho on behalf of Sentebale. He will open a new center for his charity, which was set up to meet the needs of children many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS. He founded the charity along with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers.
The Mamohato Children's Centre will be unveiled by King Letsie III. The issue of vulnerable children, out of which may are orphans is close to Harry’s heart. When he first visited Lesotho 11 years ago, Malineo Motsephe, known as Me ‘Ma, was among the group of locals who chaperoned him.
“Harry is a maternal orphan himself, therefore [he] understands what a loss of a parent means. During his visit, he used to say, ‘I wonder what my mum would say today if she would see the enormous suffering inflicted on these children and youth by the scourge of HIV/AIDS’,” said Me ‘Ma, talking to People.
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He will also visit the prime minister Dr Pakalitha Mosili and King Letsie III before attending the opening of the new center.
The prince will then travel to Cape Town, where he will play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, an annual charity flagship fundraising event at Val de Vie on Nov. 28. He will be made aware of the social issues young people face in the area and the work being done to address them.
He will meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In Durban, Harry will visit two programmes on Dec. 1: The Sharks and Surfers Not Street Children, which both use sport for social development. He will later meet local people on the beach in Durban.
The British royal will then return to Kruger National Park, where he worked with conservationists during his three-month volunteering work for the conservation of wildlife in summer. Harry will draw attention to anti-poaching measures and the protection of endangered wildlife.
The prince’s official tour will culminate in Johannesburg, where he will meet with Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel. He will visit The Nelson Mandela Foundation and learn how the country is using Mandela’s legacy to inspire and empower the next generation.