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 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 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.”
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, 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.