24-year-old Prince Harry, third in line to throne, who has avoided himself from public speaking till now made his first political speech on the issue of Aids and global poverty. Before making his speech he told friends that “My Mother didn’t mince her words and nor will I”.
Speaking at a reception to mark the third anniversary of his charity, Sentebale, the prince said he ‘aspired’ to follow his monther, Princess Diana’s example in fighting for ‘the deprived and afflicted’.
According to DailyMail report “The Royal, whose charity supports Aids orphans and other vulnerable youngsters in the tiny, land-locked African kingdom of Lesotho, told his audience that its people were being ‘threatened with destruction’ by the problems facing them”.
“The country suffers from extreme poverty and has the third highest rate of HIV/Aids in the world, despite having a population of just 1.8 million people. Currently there are around 400,000 children left orphaned by the disease and the figure is expected to rise dramatically as three per cent of the country’s population are dying each year.”
A source close to Harry said, “This was his most outspoken speech yet. While he knows he needs to get more experience under his belt before he can project himself on the global stage as his mother did, the one thing he learnt from her was the value of being blunt. He knows the only way to solve the crisis facing Lesotho at the moment is to be blunt about its problems and blunt about the solutions needed.”
Harry set up Sentebale in the memory of his late mother with the aim of transforming the lives of orphans in Lesotho following a trip to the region in his gap year.
Yesterday he proudly showed off one of its first success stories, which only a year ago was little more than a collection of run-down huts at the end of a dusty, rutted track, but now is a school for 52 profoundly disabled children.
The Prince used his speech to call on the worldwide community to ‘sit up and take notice’ of what he described as a ‘forgotten kingdom’ which was being ravaged by death and disease.