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Princes Harry and Seeiso Open New Sentebale Children’s Centre

  November 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm by

As co-founders of their children’s charity Sentebale, Britain’s Prince Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso today officially opened the new ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre in the southern African nation.

Named after Queen ‘Mamohato, the late mother of Prince Seeiso and King Letsie III, the £2million centre will be used to provide support to the most disadvantaged children of Lesotho. A dining hall is named in honour of Prince Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, while the welcoming centre is named after his late nanny, Olga Powell.

During the opening, Prince Harry delivered a speech in which he spoke of how he was able to understand the pain the children Sentebale aims to help feel: “They were far younger than me, and of course, their situation was a great deal more challenging than my own. Nonetheless…I, like them, knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled.”

The two princes spent a good deal of time with the children who have been on camps provided at the centre, and definitely got into the spirit of the centre with Prince Harry taking a Polaroid photograph of Prince Seeiso wearing a pair of fluro pink sunglasses. They later took part in a traditional local dance with the children.

Among the children attending the opening was Mutsu Potsane, whom Prince Harry first met as a four-year-old in 2004 during his gap year visit to Lesotho. The duo have remained in touch ever since and greeted each other with a warm hug when Harry arrived at the centre.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry met with King Letsie, who also attended the centre’s official opening with his wife Queen ‘Masenate, at the palace in Maseru.

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