Prince Harry couldn't be happier as he made the rounds in Lesotho to see the culmination of years of work with his charity, Sentebale, and reunite with local friends. But with temperatures soaring to a sweltering 32⁰ C, the 31-year-old prince joked about the sun's effect on his fair skin while paying a visit to the offices of Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisillil, the prime minister of Lesotho, on Thursday morning (Nov. 26).
Addressing members of the media who have joined him on the tour, Harry asked if any of them had gotten sunburned yet. When it was pointed out that several fair-headed members of his own staff had, Harry quipped, "That's gingers for you!"
The redhead also pondered what kind of hat he could pull off without looking too silly. Discussing the matter with the British High Commissioner to Lesotho, Judith Macgregor, Harry asked, "I was thinking what kind of hat one could get away with. Possibly a fedora?"
However, the Prince opted to brave the heat without a topper as he stepped out for the opening of Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre on Thursday afternoon. The 96-bed centre will host camps for children struggling to overcome their HIV/ AIDS diagnosis, and holds a special meaning for Harry, who has named rooms after two of the most important women in his life.
The royal has honoured his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Olga Powell, the beloved nanny who cared for him and Prince William for 15 years. A striking dining hall with sweeping views over the imposing Thaba Bosiu plateau – sacred as the birthplace of Lesotho as a nation – is called the Diana, Princess of Wales hall.
Meanwhile, Olga, who remained close to princes William and Harry until her death at 82 in September 2012, is remembered in a touching plaque outside a room at the new Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho. It reads: "The Welcome Centre: In loving memory of Olga Powell."
During Thursday afternoon's engagement, Harry will also be reunited with long-time friend Mutsu Potsane, who was just four years old when he first met the prince at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek. It was the Prince's first trip to Lesotho. They immediately developed a bond and have remained in touch ever since, sharing letters and meeting up during many of Harry's visits to Lesotho over the past decade.
Harry is on a week-long tour to Lesotho and South Africa, during which he will also play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on Saturday. Hello!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash will be with the tour every step of the way, and will share all of the details and regular updates in a travel diary.