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Prince Harry: I hope my mother would be proud

Prince Harry said he hoped his mother Princess Diana would be “proud” of him as he launched a fundraising campaign to help vulnerable children.

The royal was speaking at a fundraising gala dinner in Johannesburg, South Africa in aid of his charity Sentebale.

Harry was launching plans to build a Mamohato Centre for children and young people in Lesotho.

The facility is named after Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, the late mother of Harry’s charity co-founder Prince Seeiso, and Harry paid tribute both to her and Princess Diana during his speech

“I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name,” he said.

“I hope that my mother will be proud, too.

“Maybe, just maybe, they are together somewhere up there, with blue prints and sketches already mapped out!

“I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.”

The prince also spoke about a recent visit to the tiny poverty stricken country which he described as having made him feel “extremely humble.”

“It makes me more determined than ever that these wonderful, awe-inspiring children should have happier and healthier lives,” he said.

The late Princess of Wales was a public supporter and champion of the world’s poor and need.

She famously hugged AIDS patients and was a big supporter of The National AIDS trust.

"The programme encourages children to talk to one another, to learn about the disease, and spread word of their learning through a safe support network,” Harry said about the charity’s work.

"Talking about HIV and understanding it isn't dangerous. Denying it, or not knowing about it, definitely is."

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