Prince Harry spoke candidly about his emotional connection to Africa this week and revealed it’s the place he “knew [he] had found a soulmate in [his] wife” Meghan Markle.
During a particular tackle to the United Nations on 18 July for Nelson Mandela Day, the duke opened up about his love for the continent and the bond he feels to each his spouse and his mom, the late Princess Diana, when he visits Africa.
In his speech, Prince Harry praised Mandela’s work and legacy whereas revealing he has a photograph of his mom and the activist on his wall “and in [his] heart every day”. The duke went on to share that he feels closest to his mom when he visits Africa, and that it’s the place he knew he was destined to be with Meghan.
“Since I first visited Africa at 13 years old, I’ve always found hope on the continent. In fact, for most of my life, it has been my lifeline, a place where I have found peace and healing time and time again,” he mentioned. “It’s where I’ve felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife.”
Prince Harry, who has visited Africa each on his personal and together with his spouse, gave the impression to be referencing one in all his and Meghan’s first dates. The duo traveled to Botswana collectively in summer season 2016.
The duke mirrored on the journey shortly after the couple’s engagement and recalled how he’d “managed to persuade [Meghan] to come and join me in Botswana”.
“We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other,” he mentioned.
Prince Harry and Meghan returned to Botswana in 2017 and Prince Harry later proposed with a hoop that included a diamond from the nation (in addition to diamonds from his mom’s private assortment).
After they had been married, Prince Harry and Meghan additionally travelled to southern Africa in 2019 for a royal tour, throughout which the couple visited Malawi, Angola, South Africa, and Botswana. During the journey, the couple launched their then-four-month-old son Archie to late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who then gifted Prince Harry the photograph of his mom and Mandela.
The late Princess Diana was identified for her charitable work and famously advocated in opposition to landmines in Bosnia and Angola. Since her dying, Prince Harry has adopted in his mom’s footsteps and even recreated her well-known stroll via a landmine throughout his and Meghan’s tour in 2019.