By Chrispin Inambao
Prince Harry, the third-in-line to the British throne and the younger son of the Prince of Wales and the late Princess of Wales, Diana, accompanied by a 27-member entourage will from next week spend a week in Namibia on a ‘private visit’, sources said.
The adventurous Prince who recently completed a tour of military duty in Afghanistan will be accompanied by a scaled-down phalanx of bodyguards and other royal aides.
His week-long tour, according to well-placed sources, starts next Saturday at the rather drab border post of Muhembo in Kavango region after touring game-rich Botswana.
On June 29 Prince Harry and his retinue are expected to drive to Walvis Bay and from June 30 to July 2 they will travel to the scenic Skeleton Coast before departing for Windhoek. And on July 4 they will head for South Africa.
Prince Harry’s latest African safari would also see him visiting Lesotho, “ending up in Lesotho where they will build a hospital for disabled children”, according to sources.
Born Prince Henry Charles Albert David on September 15, 1984 at St Mary’s Hospital in West London, he soon came to be known as Harry, and was later ‘the Happy Prince’.
He was tragically deprived of a mother at the tender age of 12, but despite the devastating grief that was shared all over the world, Namibia being no exception, he showed great bravery in the face of this devastating loss.
In May 2005 Prince Harry began his training as an officer cadet at the prestigious military academy, Sandhurst. Known at the time as Cadet Officer Wales he successfully completed the often-gruelling 44-week course and was commissioned as an army officer in April 2006 in front of his grandmother, the Queen.
Unlike his elder brother, who as second-in-line to the throne is not expected to be sent to war zones, Prince Harry who as a career soldier is a Second Lieutenant or Cornet in the Blues and Royals regiment in Windsor, will join his men on possibly dangerous missions.
It appears the Prince has also developed a passion for Africa particularly for Namibia whose shores he is will be visiting not for the first time. Like his elder brother, the Prince is also a keen sportsman who enjoys a variety of activities.