Tuesday, May 1, 2007


One of his most memorable experiences in Lesotho was that children and the people did not know who he was. To them he was simply another ordinary individual."The nicest thing out here is that they don't know who I am. I'm just a normal guy to them." Prince Harry

Prince Harry called on the global community to assist the tiny Kingdom of Lesotho in its fight againts AIDS, poverty and drought. "It's not a place that everybody really knows about," Harry told reporters at an orphanage about 100 kilometers south of the capital Maseru, one of a series of charity projects Harry had taken on in Lesotho during his gap year.

Harry hoped his visit would result in more British aid being sent to Lesotho, where up to one third of the people are believed to be HIV positive and drought has caused serious food shortages. "Recognition from people back in England, charities in England, to recognize Lesotho as somewhere that needs help. They haven't got enough help yet," he said.

Reporters claim that through his involvement in his gap year with an Aids charity in Lesotho, after leaving Eton, had made a deep impression of him having inherited his mother's sensitivity. "I love kids," he said. He added: "I might find myself spending 35 or 40 years in the army. But if I can't do that and work as close to Lesotho as I want to, then I will leave the army and carry on with Lesotho."

He described his time in Lesotho as "really good fun" and said the people appeared happy despite their many problems.

Harry's host, Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, said the kingdom hoped the visit would "improve our profile" but also that he would take home a personal interest in the country. Prince Harry has also founded his own charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help orphaned children and vulnerable young people in the Southern African country. He is Joint Patron of Sentebale.

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