Prince Harry trades Nepal hotel for a stay with a local family

Prince Harry is trading the usual royal route for a more down-home experience on his upcoming tour of Nepal. Rather than staying in world-renowned five-star hotels like other members of the monarchy, the prince is looking to spend his nights with a Nepalese family.

The Prince, 31, will sleep in a small, rural home in a remote hillside village, a palace source has told HELLO!.

Prince Harry smiling
Prince Harry will travel to Nepal in the Spring

The reason why Harry wants such a different experience is the fact that he "has been moved by the stories of resilience of the Nepali people following the earthquakes last year," a spokesman said in a statement.

He will be staying in the Pokhara region with a family that has ties with the famed Gurkha regiment, whose soldiers are drawn from Nepal. His spokesman continued: "Prince Harry is hugely appreciative of this invitation, which will further enable him to deepen his understanding of the Gurkhas".

Prince Harry showing children a picture on his camera in a green field
Harry, 31, will stay with a Nepalese family in a small, rural home

Part of the reason for visiting the country is so that the former Army captain can salute "the extraordinary bravery and commitment that Gurkhas have shown in the last 200 years", says his spokesman.

Harry's spring visit was announced earlier this year and is being undertaken at the request of Her Majesty's Government. It will see him follow in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles and his grandparents the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, who have all carried out official visits to the region.

The last visit to Nepal was carried out by Prince Philip in 2000, and Prince Harry's trip will be the first official tour of Nepal since it became a republic in 2008.

Prince Harry's jet-setting spring will continue with a trip to Orlando, Florida in May, where the royal is hosting his Invictus Games event. The Prince announced that he would be bringing the games to the US for the first time last summer, and has said he hopes America will set the bar "even higher" than London, which staged the inaugural competition in 2014.

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