Harry welcomes Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
The Duke of Sussex carried out a tour of Nepal in 2016.
The Duke of Sussex has welcomed the Prime Minister of Nepal, holding an audience with Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.
Harry greeted the Nepalese PM, known as KP Sharma Oli, at Kensington Palace, the duke’s former London home, also dubbed KP.
Harry lived at Kensington Palace, home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, before moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor with the Duchess of Sussex ahead of the birth of their son Archie.
On a side table, a monogrammed framed photograph could be seen of Harry, in a smart suit, and Meghan, in a pale blue dress, standing together, with the duchess placing her hand on Harry’s chest.
It featured their signatures underneath, and was also next to a black and white portrait of Harry, minus his beard, and brother William, and one of William and Kate.
KP Sharma Oli was joined by his wife Radhika Shakya for the private audience.
Harry’s SussexRoyal Instagram account posted an image of him as a young boy with a Gurkha soldier and photographs of the duke’s 2016 trip, and said he carried out Tuesday’s meeting on behalf of the Queen.
The post read: “The Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Ghurkas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age.”
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The Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Ghurkas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age. Today His Royal Highness held an audience with Nepal's Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the first visit to the UK by a Nepali Prime Minister in 19 years. The Duke has previously met KP Sharma Oli, on his first official visit to Nepal in March 2016, a country he had always longed to visit. At the time, Nepal was recovering from a major earthquake - rural villages had been torn apart leaving many families displaced, with heritage sites in Kathmandu severely damaged. Despite this tragedy, The Duke was moved by the remarkable spirit, resilience and warmth of the Nepalese, as seen in the photos from his visit. The Duke explored Nepal’s stunning natural beauty, trekking through a National Park, experiencing the Hindu Festival of Colour in the Himalayan village of Okhari and staying with a local family in Leorani village. During the visit, HRH also met The Royal Gurkha Rifles at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, whom are a unique unit of soldiers in the British Army recruited from Nepal. The Duke has a particularly close bond to The Gurkha’s, having served with The 1st Battalion in Afghanistan in 2007/2008. The Gurkha’s have taken part in operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Australia and Iraq and share a 203 year relationship with the UK. At the end of his 2016 visit, The Duke joined Team Rubicon volunteers to help a remote village whose community had been destroyed in the earthquake. @Teamrubiconuk unites the skills and expertise of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the aftermath of natural disasters. The Duke helped with the rebuild of the local school, giving children a safe space to go to school and study before the monsoon season arrived.
Harry’s official visit to the south-east Asian country three years ago marked the bicentenary of the Nepal-UK relationship.
He also travelled to regions affected by the devastating 2015 earthquake.
He extended his five-day trip to help a disaster response charity rebuild an earthquake-destroyed school, spending an extra six days eating, sleeping and working with Team Rubicon UK volunteers in a remote village.
The duke had long wanted to visit the country due to his admiration and respect for the Gurkha troops he served with in Afghanistan.
He attended a wreath-laying ceremony for fallen Gurkha soldiers at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, Nepal.
He also trekked in the foothills of the Himalayas, spending the night with a Nepalese family in their home in the rural village of Leorani, and watched the sun rise over the mountains.
At a reception hosted by Britain’s Ambassador to Nepal, Richard Morris, at his official residence in Kathmandu, Harry said of his trip: “The people I have met and the beauty of this country make it very hard to leave.”