Prince Harry has announced he will be extending his trip to Nepal for an extra six days to help with an earthquake relief project – rebuilding a school damaged by the earthquake in cooperation with Team Rubicon.
He made the announcement on the last day of his official trip, during a speech where he praised Nepal as a remarkable country.
In his speech he said: “What happened in this country a year ago was a tragic disaster but the people I met showed me that everyone’s focused on the work ahead. I really hope that everyone who took an interest in the tour can see Nepal is a country you really have to come and visit.
“You have to come and see world heritage sites like Patan Durbar Square and be inspired by Nepal’s history. You have to come to see beautiful Bardia National Park. The work there is an example of how the conservation battle can be won. You have to come and walk in the foothills of the Himalayas – watching the sunrise [there] is something I’ll never forget.
“But most of all you have to come to meet the Nepali people. I’ve rarely in my life felt so welcomed as I have over the last few days. 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’ll be spending the next 6 days with Team Rubicon working with the community to rebuild a school damaged by the earthquake. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity at the end of my official tour to do my small bit to help.”
Prince Harry will be camping with a group of volunteers in a remote village in Nepal.
Earlier in the day the 31 year old visited the Burns United of the Kanti Children’s Hospital, which is currently treating 16 young patients. Many of the injuries are the result of accidents at camps set up for the victims of the 2015 earthquake.
Earlier he also spoke at the Girl Summit and the Government of Nepal has committed to ensuring a future free from child marriage by 2030. Prince Harry championed opportunities for women and girls, especially those in developing countries.
Afterwards he visited a technical school where half the students are women. On the fourth day of the trip he joined the celebrations for Holi, the Festival of Colour where he was drenched in red and he laid a wreath during an act of remembrance at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara. Prince Harry served with the Gurkhas in Afghanistan in 2008-9 and was made an Honorary Gurkha.