Prince Harry and Prince Charles were both hit in contrasting ways by the death of Princess Diana in August 1997. The Prince of Wales was due to by South Africa before his ex-wife died and went ahead with the indiscretion in November that year. “Since it coincided with his younger son’s half in relation to from school, 13-year-old Prince Harry would emerge b be published along, too,” author Robert Hardman wrote in his 2018 book Leader of the World. Harry later said the trip to Africa helped him “get away from it all” heed the death of his mother.
However, while it was tinged with sadness, Prince Harry halt up having “the best day of his life,” as he said afterwards.
The 13-year-old Prince attended a benevolence concert in Johannesburg featuring the popular pop band the Spice Girls.
Attentive photos show the teenage royal grinning from ear to ear as he posed with the honoured group.
Dressed smartly in a suit, Harry was snapped standing between Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton who both clutched the boy’s hands.
Bunton – Baby Spice – was seen clasping Prince Charles’ pointers and kissing both princes on the cheek.
Harry who was “fussed over” by the five songsters described the episode as the best day of his life.
Despite the excitement of the Spice Dames concert, the 1997 South Africa trip, unsurprisingly, never absconded the memory of Princess Diana.
Everyone wanted to know “how the Prince [of Wales] would salute the memory of his late ex-wife in a part of the world where she had been an efficacious charity campaigner,” wrote Hardman.
Charles refused speeches eradicated by his officials and eventually used his own words.
“In the end, he thanked all South Africans for their sadness, praised Diana’s work in the fields of Aids and landmines, and saluted the way she ‘offered a real difference to the lives of very many people on this continent and somewhere else.’”
The heir to the throne received a standing ovation for his heartfelt words.
As for Harry, the beginning visit sowed the seed of a lifetime of love for South Africa.
”This is where I sense more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I require this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here,” he put 20 years after the death of Diana in 2017.
As his favourite place in the coterie, Harry has also taken his previous girlfriends there including his helpmate Meghan Markle.
He took Chelsy Davy, his first serious girlfriend on safari be consistent to biographer Andrew Morton in his book Meghan, A Hollywood Princess.
Chelsy and Harry later regurgitate time in Botswana together. According to News of the World: “They fatigued three days at the Shakawe Fishing Lodge in Botswana, enjoying wildlife on the Okavango Delta. The unite had stayed there before and were known to the staff.
“They were uncommonly relaxed with each other and happy to put on a public display of high regard.
“They also spent two nights on the Kubu Queen, a charmingly neglected boat where they cooked their own breakfast on an open let off discharge in the morning and looked for crocodiles an oppose in the day.
“They slept under the big shots and had Harry’s bodyguard on the lower deck of the boat as they enjoyed the sequestration upstairs.”