An orphan who Prince Harry met while volunteering in Lesotho, southern Africa, was among the first guests to greet him and Meghan after the Royal Wedding on Saturday. The new Duke of Sussex made friends with Mutsu Potsane, then four, while on a gap year in Lesotho, a landlocked nation encircled by South Africa, in 2004.
Harry is said to have stayed in touch with Mutsu over the years. The orphan is now 18 and his given name is Relebohile.
In 2006, the prince, with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso, co-founded Sentebale, a charity that works to combat the spread of HIV.
The royal duo founded the organisation in their respective mothers’ memory, both of whom spent time in the kingdom working to fight HIV.
Lesotho has the world’s second-highest rate of HIV.
Around 200 representatives from various charities were among the 2,460 members of the public invited to celebrate inside the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Among them was Sentebale. Its chairman Johnny Hornby said 18-year-old Mutsu was among the first group to greet the newlyweds, the Express reports.
“He’s a bit shy now, but he’s doing really well,” Johnny said.”He’s just finishing school.” “Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from everyone at Sentebale. “We were delighted that some of our Lesotho team were able to join in the very special celebrations in Windsor today!”
Harry and Mutsu were introduced at the Mants’ase Children’s Home for orphans near Mohale’s Hoek, outside Lesotho’s capital Maseru, more than ten years ago.
Harry visited the centre to help children affected by HIV and Aids and quickly bonded with Mutsu. The prince returned to the orphanage in 2006.