‘Africa became a place of calm’ Prince Harry takes Meghan to Botswana for special occasion
IT IS no surprise that Prince Harry has taken Meghan Markle to Botswana for a special occasion.
The royals have always had a passion for Africa. The then-Princess Elizabeth was staying at the beautiful Treetops Hotel in Kenya with husband Prince Philip when she received the news that she was Britain’s new monarch.
Princess Diana frequently visited South Africa to stay with her brother Earl Spencer and friend Nelson Mandela.
Prince William and Kate were at breathtaking Lake Rutundu in Kenya when he proposed.
And 32-year-old Harry has often headed to the continent to escape the pressures of his day to day life and make new memories to cherish.
It is where he goes for rest, recuperation and even romance. This is a love affair that reaches back to the months after the death of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. At just 12 years of age he was whisked away from Britain to escape the fall-out following the tragedy.
Earlier this year, shortly before the 20th anniversary of her death, he revealed the calm that he feels when stepping on to African soil.
He said: “I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me we were going to Africa to get away from it all.
“This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here.”
Since that poignant trip he has taken every opportunity to return, working with charities based there and spending part of his gap year in Lesotho. Last year he returned to the southern African country to see what progress had been made by his charity Sentebale, which works with children and those affected by HIV.
I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here [Africa]
Harry founded it with Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family. The name means ‘Forget me not’ and was chosen as a homage to both Diana and to Prince Seeiso’s mother, who died in 2003.
Harry said the name was selected “as a memorial to the charity work of our own mothers, as well as a reminder to us all not to forget Lesotho or its children”. The Prince also campaigns passionately against the hunting of rhinos and elephants for their ivory.
Upon becoming patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana, he said: “I’ve been lucky enough to visit Botswana for more than 20 years and am incredibly fortunate to be able to call it my second home.
“Being patron of RCB is an opportunity to give something back to a country that has given so much to me.”
Harry has also told how he wants to share his love for Africa with his future children. He said in 2016: “I have this love of Africa that will never disappear. And I hope it carries on with my children as well.”
It is not just Harry who has a special place in his heart for Africa. Meghan is the face of Canadian charity World Vision and visited Rwanda last year. She is said to have bonded with Harry over their shared passion for improving the lives of those living in poverty.
She said: ‘While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, I choose them both because these worlds can, in fact, co-exist. And for me, they must. I never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose.”
Popular with honeymooners, Botswana, where Harry and Meghan travelled on Friday, is home to some of the most romantic resorts and picturesque spots in the world. From the waterlogged deltas to the sun-drenched savannas, the couple will be able to enjoy a truly private holiday.
Harry and Meghan’s relationship has grown increasingly serious since we first broke the news in October last year. She has been seen by his side repeatedly – from buying a Christmas tree together to being pictured at the theatre in London’s West End.
Meghan was invited to the evening reception of Pippa Middleton’s Berkshire wedding in May. The pair were also spotted at Harry’s friend Tom “Skippy” Inskip’s Jamaican wedding in March. She was even invited to a romantic break at Balmoral last year to celebrate Harry’s 32nd birthday.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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