Prince Harry Engaged! (In Amazing Charitable Work)

Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso. Photo: Sentebale.org

Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso. Photo: Sentebale.org

Wow the gossip mills are working overtime with the rumors about bonny Prince Harry and suspicions about his potentially asking for the hand of Cressida Bonas. Will he or won’t he?

We won’t be sure until they let us be sure, but what there is no question about is the prince’s lifelong dedication to charitable causes. He comes by it honestly and his generation of royals are loud advocates of service work and volunteering. One of the many foundations and organizations to which Harry lends his name–and with this group, also lends his passion and hard work–is Sentebale (a Sesotho word meaning “Forget me not”). Harry is often paired, in conversation and thought, with his brother, Prince William, and indeed the two together have a tremendous charitable impact on the world. With Sentebale, however, he has formed another princely dynamic duo, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The charity focuses on serving orphaned children in Lesotho, with particular emphasis on those orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. The two princes formed the charity in honor of their mothers, who have both passed, to continue the lineage of giving they’ve inherited. They work with local, grassroots organizations to help build life skills along with the essential building blocks of nutrition, healthcare, and education, so the most vulnerable can excel.

Long-term goals include extending what is proving a great working model to other Southern Africa regions facing the direst challenges, and there is a foreseeable future (though not current need) for volunteers to aid in the hard work. To keep apprised of how you might one day volunteer alongside the Prince (one or both of them), sign up for updates here. In the meantime, you can support their work, as well as the efforts of the other organizations for which Harry is a patron and supporter (this list compiled by the offices of the Royal Family):

Patronages of Harry, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales

Dolen Cymru
Patron (from 28/03/2007)
www.dolencymru.org

Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund
Joint Patron (with The Duke of Cambridge, from 08/01/2009)
www.henryvanstraubenzeemf.org.uk

London Marathon Charitable Trust
Patron (from 2012)

MapAction
Royal Patron (from 28/03/2007)
www.mapaction.org

Rugby Football Union
Vice Patron (from 06/02/2010)
www.rfu.com

Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation
Patron (from 6/2/2010)
www.rfuipf.org.uk

Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme
Patron (from 7/3/2013)
www.rfu.com

Sentebale
Patron (from 25/04/2006)
www.sentebale.org

Walking with the Wounded
Patron (from 14/03/2010)
www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Patron (from 9/11/2009)
www.royalfoundation.com

WellChild
Patron (from 28/03/2007)
www.wellchild.org.uk

The HALO Trust
Patron, 25th Anniversary Appeal (from 7/3/2013)
www.halotrust.org

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