Prince Harry braves the SA heat on charity trip

Princess Mabereng and Prince Harry on a visit to the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho
PHOTO: Mike Hutchings / Reuters
Princess Mabereng and Prince Harry on a visit to the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho PHOTO: Mike Hutchings / Reuters

Britain’s party-loving Prince Harry slathered himself with sunscreen as he grew pink during a visit to South Africa and Lesotho this week.

On Thursday, Harry draped a traditional blanket around his shoulders as he danced with children and joked with Prince Seeiso at a party in a village near Lesotho’s capital, Maseru.

The 31-year-old royal was in high spirits and joked about getting sunburnt in the 32°C heat, Hello! magazine reported.

Addressing journalists, he pointed at his pink glow.

“That’s gingers for you,” he said.

Harry was in Lesotho for the opening of a centre for children living with HIV/Aids, a project of the charity Sentebale, which he co-founded with Prince Seeiso in memory of their respective mothers in 2006.

Prince Seeiso recalled: “I took Prince Harry to stay overnight at one of our cattle posts. From this, the dream of Sentebale was born: to give the often forgotten children a chance of some schooling.”

On Thursday, Harry delivered an emotional speech, referring to the death of his mother, Princess Diana: “I was struck by the many children I met whose lives had been shattered by the loss of a parent...

“I, like them, knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled.”

After the speeches, the children were treated to a lunch of fried fish, salad, bread, potato chips and orange juice.

On Friday, Harry and his entourage arrived in Cape Town, where he stayed at the The Bay Hotel overlooking Camps Bay.

Yesterday, he smiled at onlookers from astride his horse at the Val de Vie polo estate near Paarl, where he captained a team at a fundraising game for Sentebale.

Harry is no stranger to Cape Town. In 2006, he wore a fedora and mobster suit to the 1920s-themed 21st birthday bash of his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy at Beluga restaurant in Green Point. Davy lived in Newlands while studying for her BCom at the University of Cape Town.

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