Prince Harry will make an official visit to the Caribbean in the late autumn, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Kensington Palace has announced. His Royal Highness will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The visit falls on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Barbados, the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Guyana, and the 35th Anniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda.
Further details will be announced as the visit comes closer.
Prince Harry has visited Barbados officially in 2010. This will be his first official visit to all of the other countries. At the beginning of the 2010 visit to Barbados Prince Harry joked with the dignitaries, ”Am I allowed in the country – do you want to see my papers?”
He then took part in the inaugural Sentebale Polo cup at the exclusive Apes Hill Polo Club, to raise money for his charity Sentebale. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso in 2006, after Prince Harry spent part of his gap year in the kingdom which is located within South Africa. It helps orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. Sentebale’s chief executive, said: ”If you’re born in Lesotho you have very little chance of a happy childhood. We are working with local groups to help build their infrastructure so they can help themselves.”
Prince Harry said, ”HIV and Aids are killing more people every year and poverty and drought afflict many more people than we currently are able to help. The situation is critical and it is the children who are suffering the most from this crisis.
He added: ”Without help, the future of this beautiful country and its unique people is very bleak. We believe Sentebale can change this.”