Prince Harry Explains Africa Is ‘My Second Home’ for This Touching Reason

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wrap up their long royal tour of Africa, he shared some thoughts on why Africa holds such a special place in his heart. His remarks came on the final day of the tour, during a visit to a youth employment charity.

Prince Harry connection to Africa
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Prince Harry’s tribute to Africa

It’s clear that Africa is very special to Harry, and he tried to better explain why during the speech on his last day, where he called Africa his “second home.” He credits the continent with helping him with the grief he experienced when his mother, Princess Diana died in 1997.

He told the audience of young entrepreneurs: “You are the change makers, you are helping to grow your country’s prosperity by lifting those around you and offering a better future.”

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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Prince Harry shared how this visit was life-changing and why he has such a love for Africa, noting: “I have often talked about Africa as my second home, and I’ve often been asked why I love it so much. Well, over these last nine days I have been trying to put my feelings and experiences into words, which is not easy.”

“I wanted to try and answer a more specific question for myself — what is the essence of Africa? Why is it that so many visitors feel Africa gets under our skin and into our soul?,” he pondered.

Prince Harry added: “Last night I returned from my third visit to the fourth poorest country in the world — Malawi. Despite extreme hardship and ongoing challenges on so many levels, people are generous, they are strong, humble and incredibly optimistic.”

His experience was unforgettable

Prince Harry shared some of his own personal experience with the crowd, noting: “Ever since I came to this continent as a young boy, trying to cope with something I can never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget, and I feel incredibly fortunate for that.”

“And every time I come here, I know that I’m not alone. I always feel — wherever I am on this continent — that the community around me provides a life that is enriching, and is rooted in the simplest things — connection, connections with others, and the natural environment,” he noted.

Prince Harry also is taking the experience with him as a parent to Archie, noting, “And as I raise my own son, I want to make sure that what I’ve learned here — the value of the natural world, the value of community and friendship — is something that I can pass on to him.”

He promised their ongoing commitment to helping those in need, noting: “We will firmly stand up for what we believe. We are fortunate enough to have a position that gives us amazing opportunities, and we will do everything that we can to play our part in building a better world.”

He added: “We will always seek to challenge injustice and to speak out for those who may feel unheard. So no matter your background, your nationality, your age or gender, your sexuality, your physical ability, no matter your circumstance or color of your skin — we believe in you, and we intend to spend our entire lives making sure you have the opportunity to succeed and change the world.”