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Published 23/03/2016

Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PA
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PA
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry takes part in a holi celebration at Gauda Secondary School on day four of his visit to Nepal on March 22, 2016 in Leorani, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry has announced he will extend his trip to Nepal

Prince Harry is to extend his trip to Nepal by six days to help rebuild a school damaged by a devastating earthquake last year.

The 31-year-old said he will work with a charity group in a remote village, but would not give the location.

He made the surprise announcement at the end of what was to be a five-day official visit, during which he visited earthquake-damaged heritage sites, temples and a camp where people made homeless by the April 2015 earthquake are still living.

Harry arrived in Nepal on Saturday on his first trip to the Himalayan nation.

He is the first member of the Royal Family to visit Nepal since it abolished its centuries-old monarchy in 2008.

Harry said: "The people I have met and the beauty of this country make it very hard to leave. Thankfully however, I'm not leaving just yet!

"I will be spending the next six days in a remote village with a charity called Team Rubicon.

"The team I'm joining will be working with a community to rebuild a school damaged in the earthquake."

Nearly 9,000 people were killed and one million houses damaged by the earthquake. It also damaged Nepal's tourism industry, which drew foreign tourists to visit Hindu temples and trek mountain trails.

Harry said he had wanted to pay his respects to the many who died, and also show that the country is "open for business and has so much to offer".

Indian Hindus celebrate the festival of colors or Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Indian Hindus celebrate the festival of colors or Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A Bangladeshi woman shuts her eyes as coloured powder is smeared on her face during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A Bangladeshi woman shuts her eyes as colored powder is smeared on her face during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Indian bikers ride a motorcycle after taking part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 23, 2016. Holi marks the welcoming of spring and is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, with people chasing each other and playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian revelers dance during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians play with colors during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
TOPSHOT - Indian revellers take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 23, 2016. Holi marks the welcoming of spring and is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, with people chasing each other and playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTADIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian Hindus celebrate the festival of colors or Holi in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian Hindus celebrate the festival of colors or Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An Indian man pours a bucket of colored water on others during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian residents take part in Holi celebrations in Allahabad on March 23, 2016. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIASANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents take part in Holi celebrations in Allahabad on March 23, 2016. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIASANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents take part in Holi celebrations in Allahabad on March 23, 2016. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIASANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents take part in Holi celebrations in Allahabad on March 23, 2016. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIASANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images
Bangladeshi students throw coloured powder during Holi celebrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University on March 23, 2016. The Holi festival is celebrated to mark the onset of spring, with people from all walks of life coming out on the streets and applying coloured powder to anyone and everyone upon the advent of spring. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Bangladeshi students throw coloured powder during Holi celebrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University on March 23, 2016. The Holi festival is celebrated to mark the onset of spring, with people from all walks of life coming out on the streets and applying coloured powder to anyone and everyone upon the advent of spring. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Indian devotees covered with coloured powder pose for a photograph during Holi celebrations at the Durgiayana Temple in Amritsar on March 23, 2016. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Bangladeshi students throw coloured powder during Holi celebrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University on March 23, 2016. The Holi festival is celebrated to mark the onset of spring, with people from all walks of life coming out on the streets and applying coloured powder to anyone and everyone upon the advent of spring. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry takes part in a holi celebration at Gauda Secondary School on day four of his visit to Nepal on March 22, 2016 in Leorani, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
Indian students celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016.
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian student takes part in an event to celebrate the Holi festival in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. Holi, the Hindu spring festival or 'Festival of Colours' is celebrated with coloured powder and water and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images
Indian university students celebrate the Holi festival with coloured powder in Amritsar on March 22, 2016. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Indian university students celebrate the Holi festival with coloured powder in Amritsar on March 22, 2016. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Indian disabled children celebrate the Hindu Holi festival with coloured powder in Amritsar on March 22, 2016. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
TOPSHOT - Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 22, 2016. The "Holi" festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in early March every year. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: James Whatling/PA Wire
Nepalese revellers daub each other's faces with coloured powders during Holi festival celebrations in Kathmandu on March 22, 2016. The "Holi" festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in early March every year. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry visits Gauda Secondary School and takes part in Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour, in Okhari, Nepal. PA
Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 22, 2016. The "Holi" festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in early March every year. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian Hindu widow smeared with colors sits and watches others playing during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
An Indian Hindu widow lies on a bed of flower petals during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu women from Barsana with wooden sticks wait to beat the shield of men from Nandgaon during the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 17, 2016. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing. (Nitin Joshi via AP)
An Indian Hindu woman from Barsana beats the shield of a boy from Nandgaon during the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 17, 2016. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing. (Nitin Joshi via AP)
Hindu men from the village of Barsana throw colored water and powder on the villagers of Nandgaon in the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 17, 2016. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing. (Nitin Joshi via AP)
Indian Hindu women from Barsana beat the shield of men from Nandgaon during the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 17, 2016. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing. (Nitin Joshi via AP)
Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

"I hope that everyone back home who took an interest in the tour can see that Nepal is a country that you really have to come and visit," he said.

According to a Kensington Palace statement, Harry will help rebuild a school where students have been studying since the earthquake in makeshift classrooms made of poles, tarpaulins and tin.

The temporary facilities provide little defence against difficult weather conditions, it said.

Team Rubicon is a US-based disaster response group that combines the skills of military veterans with first responders.

Harry served twice with the UK military in Afghanistan before leaving the army in 2015.

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