The Duke of Sussex took a trip down memory lane while visiting his old home of Kensington Palace on Tuesday (June 11). The prince left Duchess Meghan and their new baby boy, Archie Harrison, at home in Windsor, and headed to London to meet with Nepal’s Prime Minister.
His wife has been enjoying maternity leave (aside from a glamorous Trooping the Colour appearance!) and the precious early days with their little one, but Harry is hard at work keeping up with his royal role. Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry, 34, held an audience at the palace to greet Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.
Harry and Khadga have met before! In March 2016, the duke flew to Nepal after an earthquake nearly a year before that claimed nearly 9,000 lives. The known lover of nature took a trek through the foothills of the Himalayas before spending the night with a local family in their home.
Harry and Meghan made a special post on their Instagram account honouring the duke’s visit with Nepal’s prime minister. In the caption, they pointed out that Harry has long had a special relationship with Nepal and its people, dating back to his childhood. The post featured an image of Harry as a young boy, with one of Nepal’s Gurkhas speaking to him. Gurkhas are Nepali soldiers and ethnic Nepalis from India who are recruited for armies in the UK, Nepal, India, the Gurkha contingent in Singapore and in Brunei, along with other UN peacekeeping forces.
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The Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Ghurkas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age. Today His Royal Highness held an audience with Nepal's Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the first visit to the UK by a Nepali Prime Minister in 19 years. The Duke has previously met KP Sharma Oli, on his first official visit to Nepal in March 2016, a country he had always longed to visit. At the time, Nepal was recovering from a major earthquake - rural villages had been torn apart leaving many families displaced, with heritage sites in Kathmandu severely damaged. Despite this tragedy, The Duke was moved by the remarkable spirit, resilience and warmth of the Nepalese, as seen in the photos from his visit. The Duke explored Nepal’s stunning natural beauty, trekking through a National Park, experiencing the Hindu Festival of Colour in the Himalayan village of Okhari and staying with a local family in Leorani village. During the visit, HRH also met The Royal Gurkha Rifles at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, whom are a unique unit of soldiers in the British Army recruited from Nepal. The Duke has a particularly close bond to The Gurkha’s, having served with The 1st Battalion in Afghanistan in 2007/2008. The Gurkha’s have taken part in operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Australia and Iraq and share a 203 year relationship with the UK. At the end of his 2016 visit, The Duke joined Team Rubicon volunteers to help a remote village whose community had been destroyed in the earthquake. @TeamRubicon unites the skills and expertise of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the aftermath of natural disasters. The Duke helped with the rebuild of the local school, giving children a safe space to go to school and study before the monsoon season arrived.
Before it was known that Meghan and Harry would be moving into a renovated Frogmore Cottage, it was believed they’d settle in Kensington Palace and neighbour Prince William and Kate. But in October 2018, news broke that Prince Charles’s two sons planned to separate their households as part of the preparations the Sussexes were undertaking ahead of life with their new baby.
“The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before,” a source close to the princes told The Sunday Times.