Prince Harry talks with Nepalese girls during Nepal Girl Summit 2016
Britain's Prince Harry talks with Nepalese girls during Nepal Girl Summit 2016 in Kathmandu March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Prakash Mathema/Pool

Prince Harry gave a pleasant surprise to the people of Nepal when he announced that he would be extending his stay in his host country for another week. The British royal announced during his farewell speech at the British Embassy that he is not quite ready to leave Nepal yet. The prince has been on an official tour of the country since Saturday.

“The people I have met and the beauty of this country make it very hard to leave. Thankfully however, I’m not leaving just yet!” said Harry surprising fellow guests and royal watchers. The 31-year-old royal seems to have taken a shine to his host country.

He said he would be staying in Nepal for the next week to work on an earthquake relief project. The ginger haired royal will travel to a remote village to help Team Rubicon UK charity and the local community rebuild a school devastated by the 2015 earthquake. Harry witnessed several recovery projects in the region during his stay.

Along with a group of volunteers, the young prince will trek into the mountains of central Nepal with his own equipment to assist the local community in all aspects of repairing and rebuilding their school. After the earthquake, students have been taking their classes in makeshift classrooms. They study in tents made of poles, tarpaulins and tin.

These temporary facilities will provide little defence against the difficult weather conditions in the rainy season.

Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement that Harry will play a complete role in the project and spend the next week camping in the mountains. He will return to the UK at the end of the month. In his farewell speech Harry praised 15-year-old Purushottam Suwal, the chairperson of the community committee at Byasi camp.

It is the place where 80 families lost their homes in the earthquake. Harry asked everyone to keep an eye out for the teen. He added it would not be a surprise if he met Suwal in a future visit to Nepal as Prime Minister.

The fifth-in-line to the British throne said rarely in his life he felt as welcome as he had over the last few days, adding that the tika was here to stay. He also paid a visit to the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu and met kids, all burn victims, many of whom had been injured after being displaced by the earthquake. Earlier, he spoke out against child marriage while opening the Nepal Girl Summit.