Prince Harry spends night with local family while on Nepal tour

By Suzie Bakos

Prince Harry stuck to his word after it was revealed he would be trading lavish hotels for a stay with a local family while on his trip to Nepal. The British royal was welcomed with a festive ceremony before eating dinner with a family on Monday (Mar. 21) in the village of Leorani.

The Prince, 31, joined Mangali Tamang and her daughter-in-law Guan Shobra Tamang for a traditional Napalese meal in the family's home in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he will be spending the night.


Harry is staying with a local family.

Harry looked at home as he was pictured sitting with his legs crossed while tucking into a meal prepared in the family's small, rural home in the remote hillside village.

Earlier that day, he attended a welcoming ceremony where he was crowned headman of the village with traditional headdress before dancing with the locals.

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It was announced that the royal would not be staying in hotels during his visit because he "has been moved by the stories of resilience of the Nepali people following the earthquakes last year," a spokesman said in a statement.

The Prince was crowned headman of the village.

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 royal attended a welcoming ceremony in the village.

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. Next year, he'll be staging the event in Toronto, where he plans to stop ahead of Orlando this May.

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