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Who is Prince Seeiso of Lesotho?

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Prince Harry have worked together with the Sentebale charity. He was born on the 16th April 1966 as the second son of the late King Moshoeshoe II and Queen Mamohato and is the younger brother of the present monarch, King Letsie III.

He benefitted as a child, in that he was a Chevening Scholar, this is a scheme funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office which supports children from 144 countries around the world to have education in English universities. Prince Seeiso studied at the University of Birmingham and obtained a Masters Degree in International Studies. It is clear that he was able to convert his studies into good practical use as, as well as being spending time as the Lesotho High Commissioner in London; he also won Diplomat of the Year from Africa Award from the Diplomat Magazine. Prince Seeiso is currently President of the Senate in Lesotho. 

Prince Seeiso with the Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler AM and Dr Carl Clowes (Honorary Consul for Lesotho, Dolen Cymru Founder and Honorary Life President) in 2011. Photo: National Assembly for Wales/Flickr

Prince Seeiso formed the charity Sentebale with Prince Harry back in 2006. Prince Harry went to Lesotho on his gap year and discovered the need. Sentebale seeks to support and nurture children and young people within Lesotho, many of whom have been affected directly or indirectly by HIV and AIDS. But the charity believes strongly in working with and educating the locals so that they can help themselves. The programme has been so successful that schemes are now being rolled out in Botswana. The word Sentebale means “Forget me not” in the native language of Sesotho, and Prince Harry said of the name it serves “as a memorial to the charity work of our own mothers, as well as a reminder to us all not to forget Lesotho or its children.”

The Prince married Machaka Makara – now known as Princess Mabereng – on 15 December 2003, and they have three children: two sons, Princes Bereng and Mamasupha and a daughter, Princess’Masentle.  

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