Prince Harry invited an orphan that he met 14 years ago in Africa to the royal wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials were privy to many a heartwarming moment. There was, of course, the adorable way that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked at each other during the ceremony, that kiss, and don't even get me started on the show of grace and decorum that was Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.
However, it appears that there's another tear-jerking moment that needs to be added to the showreel. Walking to St. George's Chapel alongside his brother and best man Prince William, the 33-year-old waved to the crowds of well-wishers before spotting someone that he had bonded with 14 years ago, on his gap year to Lesotho in 2004.
The royal wedding was certainly a star-studded event. There was Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Victoria and David Beckham, as well as the cast of Suits present amongst the 600 guests.
However, we may have missed some of the particularly significant ones. Case in point: Mutsu Potsane, an 18-year-old orphan from Lesotho in southern Africa. Harry befriended Mutsu back in 2004 when he travelled to the country, and the pair have stayed in touch throughout the 14 years that have transpired.
Aged just 19, Prince Harry visited the Commonwealth country, Lesotho, during his gap year. And it's said that he got particularly close to Mutsu, who was four years old at the time. The pair purportedly planted a peach tree together on the grounds of the Mants'ase Children's home where Mutsu was staying.
Two years later, Harry travelled back to the country to set up the charity, Setenbale (which translates as "forget me not"), in memory of his mother, the late Princess Diana. Whilst in the country, he reunited with Mutsu, which was fitting as the charity was established to aid the most vulnerable children of Lesotho and Botswana, which Mutsu was one of.
It's no surprise then that Mutsu was invited to Prince Harry's wedding to erstwhile Suits star Meghan Markle. He was present as one of ten representatives of Sentebale. The charity later took to Twitter to thank the Prince for the invitation, and to express their gratitude for his efforts. "Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from everyone at
@Sentebale. We were delighted that some of our Lesotho team were able to join in the very special celebrations in Windsor today!
And if you tuned into the festivities over the weekend, you may have noticed the two old friends exchanging a wave after Prince Harry spotted Mutsu - who is now 18 and goes by Relebohile - among the crowds of well-wishers.
The chairman of Sentebale, Johnny Hornby, later stated that Muntsu was among the first group to greet the newlyweds. "He’s a bit shy now, but he’s doing really well," he said. "He’s just finishing school."
Well, there you have it. It's apparent that the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex really pulled out all the stops to ensure that their guest list was diverse, and reflective of their interests.