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Prince Harry reveals where he feels closest to late mother Princess Diana

The Duke of Sussex has revealed the place where he feels most connected to Princess Diana, his late mother.

Prince Harry, 37, spoke movingly on Nelson Mandela International Day and revealed his enduring love for Africa.


The Duke opened up about his late mother
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The father of two described how he first traveled to the continent when he was 13 and later sought safety there after the passing of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in his remarks at the informal United Nations meeting.

“I’ve always found hope on the African continent ever since my first trip there when I was 13 years old. In fact, it has been my lifeline for the majority of my life and a place where I frequently find solace and healing “said he.

Prince Harry said in closing: “It’s where I felt the closest to my mother, where I went for comfort after she passed away, and where I realized my wife was my soul mate. That’s why a large portion of my work is based there.”


The Duke visited Botswana in 2019
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The Duke has previously spoken openly about his affection for Africa. Harry traveled to Botswana on a work trip in 2019, where he assisted students from nearby schools in planting trees for a local nature reserve.

Harry repeated his most recent statement: “I’ve been coming here for fifteen years, and each time, I feel like I’m escaping and accomplishing something. Over the years, I’ve made some of my closest friends here. It was a nice place to get away from it all when I came here in 1997 or 1998 immediately following the death of my mother. I feel a strong connection to both this location and to Africa.”

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The Duke of Sussex’s speech included mentions of his late mother as well as a number of significant issues like racial intolerance, poverty, and climate change. Meghan Markle, Harry’s wife, cheered him on and showed pride as he delivered the keynote address.


Meghan Markle supported her husband during his keynote speech
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Meghan, 40, chose a stylish black pencil dress for the event and accessorized with a Mulberry bag and a pair of pointed suede heels. The actress from Suits completed her appearance with a sleek ponytail and some delicate jewelry. In contrast, Prince Harry was dressed in a dapper navy suit, white shirt, and matching tie.


  1. Darlita LaRie Stephens

    It’s good that you have a place that you feel closest to your mom and where you can disconnect from your life in the spotlight. I’m happy that you have that, H. I’ve always wanted to visit Africa but I’m nervous about visiting some of the sub-Saharan countries. with the exception of South Africa, because of how unstable the governments are and the general state of upheaval/unrest that has been reported via media outlets such as World News Tonight. I’m afraid of being kidnapped or worse. Grant it, that could be an incorrect image of some African countries that have been broadcasted because the image of African-American people here in the US is often skewed towards the negative. Yes, sometimes they are accurately depicting people of color because I know that some African-Americans can indeed act a fool (the ignorant, ghetto ones) but many US media outlets will quickly broadcast negative or demeaning images of, or stories about people, of color but tend to drag their feet on broadcasting stories showcasing Black excellence. It’s almost as if media outlets here in the US like to perpetuate the belief that all people of color are ignorant, ghetto, lazy, and lack class or ambition but are very hesitant to show stories of Black people who are excelling in whatever their chosen career field is or even Black people who counter the many negative stereotypes that exist in American society towards people of color. I don’t know what to think but I concede that I’m nervous to go but I think I’d be safe if I visit African with you. I’d do that for you if you want to share that with me.

    I also need clarification on another point. In the article, you said that you first visited Africa when you were 13 years old and you later sought safety there after your mom passed but that statement can’t be chronologically accurate. You were 2 weeks and 1 day shy of your 13th birthday when your mom passed so either you first visited Africa with your mom when you were 12 years old or first visited after your mom died, after your 13th birthday. We can chat about this when we finally meet and start having face-to-face conversations.

  2. Darlita LaRie Stephens

    I will say that I know that the UK or anywhere in Europe are the safest places for me to reside or visit. Here in the US, the envy and hatred towards me, because of WHAT I REPRESENT are completely out of control. I do NOT feel safe here. I mean really…look at what they’ve already done to me. I’ve already been hunted like an animal because everyone knows just how gifted I am, what all I bring to the table, the industries that are interested (music, fashion, and Hollywood), and that I have garnered your interest and the interest of men of your caliber. The United States is still not ready for a woman of color like me. These envious, devil-hearted people…especially females have a “seek and destroy” mentality when it comes to me. I’m just glad that I’m no longer on that mind-numbing poison, which I did NOT need, so I am once again aware of how they feel about me and what they’ve been up to so I can protect myself. These females are bashit crazy….and obsessed with me and the fact that you feel the way you do about me. They, and their gold-digging families, flat-out can’t handle it, Harry. They just can’t.

    I don’t think that Africa is a safe place for me either because of the fact that Obama, his cow, and that walrus Joanne are going to pay for what they did to me with their lives. Dave’s ex, that snake, is going to pay for what she did to me with her life, also. That part of my ancestral tree, the African part, is also psychotic with envy and many are angry that I not only won’t forgive the Obamas or won’t take Chris Capers back, but they are angry that I reject the norms of that part of my heritage. I’m sorry but I disagree with the vast majority of them and that’s why I don’t practice them. I think anyone who thinks I should want Chris Capers back after what he did to me, what he did to my life, what he stole from me…and that he gave power to others to do the same is LOONY TUNES. For real. Dude is not only weak and crazy… he is a coward. He is not man enough to be mine. There’s no other way to put it. I dodged a bullet when things didn’t work out between us…and, once again, that was God looking out for me

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