Prince Harry spoke about his charity work Wednesday night in South Africa, and of his late mother, who instilled the passion in him for giving back.
Princess Diana worked to help those with HIV/AIDS, and now Harry, 28, is doing the same in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho, where he’s visiting now.
The younger Prince of Wales observed the work of the charity Sentebale that he set up with friend Prince Seeiso in memory of their late mothers.
Harry said he hoped both mothers would be looking down with pride.
“I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name,” Harry said of Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. “I hope my mother will be proud, too.”
“Maybe, just maybe, they are together somewhere up there, with blueprints and sketches already mapped out! I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.”
“Talking about HIV and understanding it isn’t dangerous,” Harry said on a more serious note at the dinner. “Denying it, or not knowing about it, definitely is.”
Harry, who made news earlier this week by being linked to socialite Cressida Bonas, sensed that their efforts were beginning to have an effect.
“We are now seeing many of these children begin to fulfill their ambitions and realize dreams that once seemed completely impossible,” he said.
“Our aim and hope is that we can influence a continued decline in the transmission of HIV and increase life expectancy, in a unique way for Lesotho.”
“By addressing the psychological and social needs of the next generation, the future of this very small and beautiful country, and its magnificent people, could and should be very bright.”
Whatever you think of the brother of Prince William and brother-in-law of Kate Middleton, it’s impossible to argue with those words – and his actions here.