Belfast Telegraph

Harry sees 'favourite film' Zulu

Prince Harry enjoyed a night out at the cinema to watch one of his favourite films, which he watches "every single year" around Christmas.

He was greeted by a goat called Shenkin - the regimental mascot of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh - as he attended a 50th anniversary screening of Zulu, which also celebrated the work of three charities which help wounded soldiers and children in Africa.

At the Odeon in London's Leicester Square, Harry told Suzannah Endfield Olivier, the daughter of the film's director Cy Endfield: "I watch this film every single year before Christmas time. Maybe once. Maybe twice."

As he walked the red carpet, Harry greeted well-wishers and at one point found himself in a lengthy embrace with a member of the crowd.

The film, which has been digitally enhanced to mark the anniversary, dramatises the events at Rorke's Drift where the British Army famously fought Zulu battalions in January 1879. It tells the story of the 150 British soldiers, many sick and wounded, who took on 4,000 Zulu warriors - with their efforts earning 11 Victoria Crosses.

Ms Endfield Olivier, who organised the event, said Harry's attendance at the film was "a validation", and before he told her about his Christmas tradition of watching Zulu, she said: "It's one of his favourite films so I'm told. The film shows bravery on both sides - it's a story of heroism."

The film's release will benefit Walking with the Wounded, Sentebale (which the Prince is a founding patron of) and The David Rattray Memorial Trust.

Prince Harry has been heavily involved with Walking with the Wounded, taking part in the charity's South Pole expedition last year and supporting two previous expeditions as a patron.

He is also a founding patron of Sentebale, which helps vulnerable children in Lesotho, who face extreme poverty and an HIV and Aids epidemic. The David Rattray Memorial Trust helps to educate and care for children at a number of schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Satirist Ian Hislop, TV presenter Nick Knowles, entertainer Lionel Blair and Zulu prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi were a lso present at the screening.

Prince Buthelezi was not able to attend the original royal premiere due to restrictions imposed by apartheid, and h e said he felt "nostalgic" at the screening.


From Belfast Telegraph