Prince Harry: I hope to make my mom proud

2013-02-28 12:06
Cape Town - Prince Harry has said that he hopes his charity work in Lesotho will make his late mother Princess Diana proud.

All eyes were fixed on Prince Harry when he hosted the Sentebale Gala Dinner for South Africa's leading philanthropists at the Summer Palace in Johannesburg.

The charity, which Harry set up with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso in 2006 in memory of their late mothers, aims to fund various projects within the poverty stricken country to support orphans.

While rubbing shoulders with powerful businessmen during the course of the evening, Harry took time during his speech to honour both his and Prince Seeiso's late mothers.

Cooking classes for Harry

"I hope [Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso] would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name. I hope that my mother will be proud, too. Maybe, just maybe, they are together somewhere up there, with blueprints and sketches already mapped out! I can only hope we put the swings in the right place," Harry told the black tie gathering.

Arriving in Lesotho on Monday, the prince set out to oversee work that had been done by his charity in various parts of the poverty stricken country, the BBC reported.

Harry also took time out in his itinerary to visit the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, where he went about learning more about sign language, making some traditional Sotho sweet bread and showing off some of his dance moves with a group of school children during a traditional dance.

Armed with a purple apron printed with teddy bears while baking sweet bread, Harry joked with journalists: "Jamie Oliver can eat his heart out."

The Prince loves children

According to Sky News' corospondant Alex Crawford, the prince's interaction with the youngsters was rather heart-warming.

"He interacts incredibly beautifully with young people, even those who are deaf, when communication is obviously an issue," Crawford told Sky News.

"But he was learning and asking them through sign language experts what their favourite subjects were at school and they were all really straining to talk to him, obviously overwhelmed by him."

Harry has now left the country, and was reportedly set to attend the wedding of Sir Richard Branson's son with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas at Branson's private Kruger farm, but will no longer be attending. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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