Prince Harry’s tour of South Africa continued with football, a retired Archbishop – and an admission he’s cooler than his brother.
To begin the day Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was awarded the medal of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Prince Harry. It was given on behalf of The Queen on the recommendation of the UK Government, and the medal is awarded for services to arts, culture and religion.
Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work fighting apartheid, and has set up a foundation with his wife, The Archbishop’s Foundation. The pair spoke about the efforts to support disadvantaged young people accessing employment opportunities, something the Prince has highlighted on his visit.
The Archbishop told Harry he was “touched” the commitment he has shown to Lesotho, and Harry invited him to see one of Sentebale’s projects. Just the other day, Harry opened a new centre in Lesotho, the culmination of the charity’s first big project.
Tutu also thanked Harry for The Queen’s work in the Commonwealth, before he received his medal.
Currently, the well-known religious figure is suffering from prostate cancer.
The order consists of 65 members and The Queen.
At a correctional facility for boys, Harry pondered his time at school, admitting he ‘hated’ his time at Eton, also questioning whether he would have enjoyed a facility, such as the one he was visiting, more.
“When I was at school, I wanted to be the bad boy,” Harry told the boys at Ottery Youth Centre, a facility for troubled youths in Cape Town. “But it’s much shorter t I stand up for what you believe in,” the Prince said.
Ottery attempts to help steer young boys onto the right path, as they have been referred to the centre by the courts.
Harry’s education was somewhat different at the private school, which costs thousands of pounds per term.
Surprisingly, the group did not know how their VIP guest was as he walked in, much to Harry’s delight.
The Prince got to hear the youths’ stories, including one who started drinking and smoking aged SEVEN.
“If you’ve got an older brother that’s not into gangs, that’s a huge positive.”
He managed to quip about his brother, William: “I’m a younger brother but I’m much cooler than my older brother.”
A gift from a woodworking class was given to the uncle-of-two: a wood engraving of Diana cuddling her youngest son as a child.
Later, Harry spent time with local community clubs, including Football for Hope in Khayelitsha. Here, the Prince showed off his football skills to the children enrolled on a football programme.
The deprived city, a short drive from Cape Town, boats the shocking statistic of a murder taking place almost everyday, and hundreds of thousands of people live in shacks.
The project works with youngsters to prevent them joining gangs as a result of poverty. Work includes combatting social issues such as HIV/AIDS, as well as life skills.
Harry met 4-year-old Sinentlanta Jacobs, and played with her for a short while, the youngster enamoured by the Prince. She didn’t want to let him go when it was time for Harry to move on, having held his hand most of the way around the centre.
Taking part in the SKILLZ, an activity for HIV awareness, Harry, 31, showed off his skills with the football, including taking part in the warm up session, jumping and stretching with the children.
Continuing the legacy of his mother, Diana, Harry suggested that big-time players of football in Africa should help combat the HIV/AIDs epidemic and its stigma with their fans at home.