Prince Harry reunites with the African boy he gave blue gum boots 11years ago
Prince Harry, 31, is reunited with a young orphan he met 11 years ago (top left and bottom left) today while opening a centre for children with HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Africa today.
Prince Harry swept the orphan he first befriended 11 years ago into a bear hug as they met on a football pitch in Lesotho today.
Mutsu Potsane was just four years old when he and the Prince forged an an 'unshakable' bond on the royal's first trip to the poverty-stricken African kingdom.
The pair were introduced at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek, outside of the capital Maseru and met again when the royal opened a new centre for children with HIV.
Like so many children Prince Harry met during that trip in 2004, vulnerable Mutsu's life had been shattered from an early age.
Desperately in need of care and attention, he stuck to the Prince like glue – not because he was a royal, but for the first time in his young life someone was interested in him.
Harry was smitten and bought the little boy a pair of blue wellington boots which Mutsu would even wear to bed.
Remarkably, given their very different lives, the pair have kept in close contact over the last decade, meeting up on most of Prince Harry's visits to Lesotho over the years.
Now 14, Mutsu has been part of Harry's Sentebale's Scholarship programme and has benefited from residential care and financial grants as a result of the charity's help.
Harry, who arrived in Lesotho from London today to open the centrepiece of his charity's work with children suffering from HIV and AIDS in the country, the Mamohato Children's Centre, was keen to catch up with Mutsu again, having last seen him a year ago.