As the saying goes, all work and no play makes JackPrince Harry a dull boy. Thankfully, the Duke of Sussex was able to merge the two on a trip to Lesotho, Africa, last month where he reconnected with his inner-child.
The newly-married prince left his wife, Meghan Markle, behind and visited Lesotho for the opening of a new school and house funded by the Sentebale charity, which he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity aims to help children affected by HIV and AIDS in southern Africa lead fulfilling lives.
Last month The Duke of Sussex, @Sentebale Patron, made a private visit to Sentebale projects in Lesotho — over the next two days at @aids_conference in Amsterdam he will meet youth advocates working to change the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by placing youth at the forefront of the issues that affect them most #AIDS2018
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The prince celebrated the milestone visit with balloons and a cool new little friend, natch.
But the fun didn’t stop there. In another photo, Harry played a game of catch-the-balloon with a different tot. Just look at that concentration.
Last month The Duke of Sussex, @Sentebale Patron, made a private visit to Sentebale projects in Lesotho – today at @AIDS_conference in Amsterdam he will meet youth advocates driving change in the fight to end HIV/AIDS by 2030 #AIDS2018pic.twitter.com/pLdNvyWmBM
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 23, 2018
Royal photographer Chris Jackson also shared a snap of the prince getting sporty with a group of kids from the Mamohato Children’s Centre.
Today Prince Harry will attend the #AIDS2018 Conference in Amsterdam with Advocates from @sentebale ‘s #LetYouthLead Programme. In June I took this previously unseen photo as the Prince made a private trip to Lesotho to catch up on how the charity he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho (over 10 years ago) was progressing with its important work in this small South African Mountain Kingdom. As always Prince Harry, not one to stand by and watch, got stuck in as the children from the Mamohato Children’s Centre and played games as part of a programme that educates and helps empower them to take control of their future. Much of the money you’ve seen raised from Sentebale’s ventures over the last 10 years went into building this purpose built centre on the outskirts of the capital, Maseru. Seeing the effect a period in this camp has on the children first hand is a really special and uplifting experience - It’s obvious to me how much the specialist programmes do to help these vulnerable children who’s needs would otherwise go unanswered. I’ve been coming to Lesotho for 10 years now and this was certainly one of the more special visits, simply because it really was seeing the fruition of a lot of the hard work the charity has put in over the last few years, that said there is still a long way to go so please do follow @sentebale and support what they do in whatever way you can. #sentebale #charity #lesotho #africa #HIV #princeharry
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Jackson’s caption explained the game was part of a program that helps educate and empower children in the mountain kingdom of Mamohato to “take control of their future.”
Harry is speaking at the AIDS conference in Amsterdam today and meeting with youth advocates fighting to end HIV/AIDS, so the photos couldn’t come at a more perfect time.
Philanthropy, princes and adorable children: What more could you want?
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