I’m old enough to remember when Prince William was hands-down “the hot prince,” the prince who took after his mother, and Harry was the black sheep, the awkward ginger prince always overshadowed by his big brother. But then some time passed… and I think we can now say that Harry got more of his mother’s qualities than we previously thought. For my money, Harry is the son who is completely his mother’s child – you can see Diana in the way he interacts with children, in the compassion and passion he brings to his charitable work, in his emotion and almost… neediness. Like, Diana always desperately wanted to be loved. I think Harry has that too. William, not so much. As we see more and more, William is more like Charles than we ever expected.
Anyway, these are photos of Harry in Lesotho this week. Harry flew to Africa early this week to spend time with his charity, Sentebale, and to attend a black-tie fundraiser in Johannesburg. It was at that South African fundraiser that Harry gave a speech in which he invoked his mother again:
Prince Harry paid an emotional tribute to his late mother tonight and said he hoped she would be proud of what he was trying to achieve. The young royal was speaking at a black tie fundraising Gala dinner in Johannesburg and told fellow guests that he hoped Diana, Princess of Wales, would be looking down from heaven to give her blessing to what he was hoping to achieve with his charity, Sentebale.
Diana’s humanitarian work was the inspiration both for the charity itself and of its name, which means ‘forget me not’ in the local dialect of Sesotho. Harry flew in to South Africa following a three-day trip to Lesotho to see the work being done on the ground. The first Sentebale Gala Dinner marks the launch of a £2.4 million fundraising campaign to build the first permanent centre for children and young people infected with, or affected by, HIV and Aids in Lesotho.
The Mamohato Centre, named after the late Queen of Lesotho, will provide psychological care and mentoring for children who are often stigmatised as a result of the disease.
In his speech the prince said: ‘We are immensely grateful to His Majesty King Letsie [of Lesotho] for donating the stunning piece of land at Thaba Besoo, where we plan to build the centre. It seems only right that it should be named after His Majesty and Prince Seeiso’s mother, Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. She was so loved as the Mother of the Nation. I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name. I hope that my mother will be proud, too. Maybe they are together somewhere up there, with blue prints and sketches already mapped out! I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.’
He added: ‘Over the past few days I have been in Lesotho visiting Sentebale staff, care-givers, volunteers and, most importantly, meeting and getting to know the children who receive our support. It is inspiring to hear how Sentebale is making such a big difference to these children – so many of whom are orphaned, have disabilities, are HIV-positive or who live the harsh life of the herd-boy. It would be understandable for children, who have endured such hardship and trauma in their lives at such a young age, to lose faith and give up. What amazes me is that the opposite is the case. They battle on and make the most of their situation. Their resilience is astounding and makes me feel very humble. It makes me more determined than ever that these wonderful, awe-inspiring children should have happier and healthier lives.’
He added of the new centre they are hoping to build: ‘Our aim and hope is that we can influence a decline in the transmission of HIV and increase life expectancy, in a unique way for Lesotho: by addressing the psychological and social needs of the next generation.’
The 250 guests at the lavish event at glamorous Summer Place in the Sandton district of the city included the cream of South African society.
“I hope that my mother will be proud, too. Maybe they are together somewhere up there, with blue prints and sketches already mapped out!” GAH! I just have something in my eye. Don’t look at me! *sniff* God, I love Harry. I want him to marry someone… interesting. Challenging. Someone who will shake up the royal family.
Photos courtesy of WENN.