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Harry to reveal his love for Lesotho in new documentary about African nation

Published 30/11/2016

Prince Harry with young orphan Mutsu Potsane, 4, after they planted a peach tree together at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek, in Lesotho
Prince Harry with young orphan Mutsu Potsane, 4, after they planted a peach tree together at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek, in Lesotho

Prince Harry has made a new documentary about Lesotho - 12 years after he first took part in a film about the Aids-stricken southern African nation.

The ITV programme follows Harry's return to the impoverished kingdom to continue the work of Sentebale - the charity he set up in the country a decade ago.

In an interview with ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby, who worked with Harry on his original 2004 film, the prince will talk about starting the charity, his passion for the future of his work in Africa, and how he is determined to use his unique position to do good.

Former royal reporter Bradby, a friend of both Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, also conducted William and Kate Middleton's engagement interview.

The film, which will be shown on December 19, charts Harry's journey back to Lesotho last year and in 2014.

ITV said it follows him on an "unforgettable adventure" to remote locations with "his deeply personal aim of discovering the stories that he wants to tell to the world".

The programme also captures the moment Harry was reunited with Mutsu, a local teenager who was orphaned by Aids, whom the prince first met when Mutsu was four and with whom he has remained in regular contact.

Harry will be shown getting his hands dirty helping out with the charity's work. He was just a fresh-faced 19-year-old when he spent eight weeks in Lesotho on his gap year, before joining the Army.

Sue Murphy, ITV's head of factual entertainment, said the documentary showed Harry's transition from "boy to man".

"It's fascinating to observe Prince Harry from boy to man, to see him following in his mother's humanitarian footsteps and to witness his undeniable commitment and passion for his work in Africa," she said.

The prince set up Sentebale, which means forget-me-not, in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 2006. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash.

Russ Malkin, of Big Earth Productions who produced the programme, described the prince as being "clearly so relaxed and candid about his commitment to his work in Africa".

In 2004, The Forgotten Kingdom - Prince Harry in Lesotho, which was made by ITN for ITV, featured some of Harry's own video camera footage, helped raise the profile of Lesotho's Aids epidemic and attracted more than £1 million in donations for what was then the Red Cross Lesotho Fund.

:: The documentary will be broadcast on ITV on Monday December 19 at 9pm.

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