Prince Harry Arrives in Botswana, Reveals Visiting Africa Helped Him after Princess Diana's Death

The Duke of Sussex is currently in Africa and has revealed that his visit to the continent after his mother’s death in 1997 helped him to recover from her loss. 

Prince Harry is in Africa and feels glad to be back to the continent. The Prince seems to have a special connection with the continent, and he stated that fact himself.

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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal

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The Prince touched down in Botswana on Thursday and explained that his visit to Africa twenty-two years ago helped him to deal with the loss of his mother, the beloved Princess Diana in 1997. 

THE SUSSEX ROYALS’ TOUR OF AFRICA

After arriving in Botswana, Harry immediately felt the connection he had with Africa and did his best to tell the reporters how much the place meant to him. 

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Today, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex had a full and impactful day in Botswana. As Sentebale co-founding patron, HRH visited Kasane Health Post, Botswana, to show his support for young people affected by #HIV and the important work being done to eradicate the stigma and support the community at large. He also spent the afternoon working with @elephantswithoutborders to continue to support conservation efforts on the ground- (for more on that please see our previous post!) Both organisations are close to The Duke’s heart, having worked on conservation for many years and founding Sentebale over 13 years ago. As shared on the @sentebale account: In Kasane, 1 in 5 people aged between 15 and 49 live with HIV. The area, a transit point between four countries, is affected by a high HIV infection rate with transactional sex and unemployment driving risky behaviour. Sentebale expanded work in Botswana in 2016, over 47 clubs have been established around the country for young people coming to terms with living with #HIV, reaching over 1,250 adolescents monthly. In addition, the team has held 15 weeks of camp, attended by 1,115 campers. #RoyalVisitBostwana Photo©️PA images

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According to the Prince, the continent helped him overcome a difficult period years ago. He said:

“I came here in 1997, 1998 straight after my mom died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all. But now I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa.”

The Prince also added that the African State of Botswana gave him a real sense of escapism and purpose. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their tour of the continent by visiting South Africa on Monday, where they presented their baby son, Prince Archie to Bishop Desmond Tutu.

The Royal Couple paid an emotional tribute to the late Princess Diana with Baby Archie’s dress. The little Prince wore a white knit hat with a festive pom-pom.

His clothing was similar to that which his father Prince Harry wore when he and his mom, Princess Diana stepped down from an airplane in Aberdeen Airport in 1985. 

Diana, Princess of Wales arrives at Aberdeen airport in Scotland on The Queen's Flight, with her sons William and Harry. | Photo: Getty Image

Diana, Princess of Wales arrives at Aberdeen airport in Scotland on The Queen's Flight, with her sons William and Harry. | Photo: Getty Image

PRINCE HARRY TALKS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

The Duke of Sussex is known for always championing the climate change cause across the world. He advocated more on the global issue on his trip to Botswana as he once again called attention to the dangers of climate change.

Harry stated that no one could deny the science of climate change, adding that the world was already in a race against time in the fight to achieve a balance in climate.

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Some more behind the scenes moments of The Duke and 200 children planting trees in Chobe National Park! The Duke of Sussex has kicked off the next leg of #RoyalTourAfrica by planting trees in Chobe National Park with children from local primary schools. The Duke planted a baobab, which are severely under threat across Africa, which will live for 1000 years! Each child grew their sapling from seed in recycled milk tins from the elephant orphanage, using fertilised soil from the orphans’ dung! The park is home to a huge elephant population – more than 17,000 – along with some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant eco-systems. The people, wildlife and whole area rely on the Chobe River to survive, but many species and indigenous trees are sadly now extinct. There is critical need to secure the forest so wildlife have access to the river. The Duke was welcomed by his close friend Dr Mike Chase, Founder of Elephant Without Borders (@elephantswithoutborders), who has dedicated his life to supporting Botswana’s people and Elephants. ‘If you look after nature, it will look after you’ – The Duke of Sussex The Duke will shortly continue the tour with stops in Angola 🇦🇴 and Malawi 🇲🇼 focussing on community, HIV/AIDS and environment. #RoyalVisitBotswana Video©️ SussexRoyal

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One of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s primary objectives for their 10-day tour of Southern Africa is to conserve wildlife and habitat in the continent, and he laid the foundation to achieving that objective.

One of his activities of the day involved him planting trees with school children, thus raising awareness of the fragile nature of such ecosystems. 

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From South Africa 🇿🇦✈️ to Botswana🇧🇼! • What a welcome! The Duke of Sussex has kicked off the next leg of #RoyalTourAfrica by planting trees in Chobe National Park with 200 school children from local primary schools. The Duke planted a baobab, which are severely under threat across Africa, which will live for 1000 years! Each child grew their sapling from seed in a mission to restore the Chobe Forest Reserve. They were all grown in recycled milk tins from the elephant orphanage, using fertilised soil from the orphans’ dung! The park is home to a huge elephant population – more than 17,000 – along with some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant eco-systems. The people, wildlife and whole area rely on the Chobe River to survive, but many species and indigenous trees are sadly now extinct. There is critical need to secure the forest so wildlife have access to the river. The Duke was welcomed by his close friend Dr Mike Chase, Founder of Elephant Without Borders, who has dedicated his life to supporting Botswana’s people and Elephants. ‘If you look after nature, it will look after you’ – The Duke of Sussex The Duke will shortly continue the tour with stops in Angola 🇦🇴 and Malawi 🇲🇼 focussing on community, HIV/AIDS and environment. #RoyalVisitBotswana Photo © PA Images

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While Prince Harry is in Botswana, his wife remained in Cape Town, South Africa with their 4-month-old son, Archie.

After touring Botswana, the Prince would head to Angola, and then Malawi before rejoining his family in South Africa to complete their tour. 

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