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Prince Harry flew African orphan he met 14 years ago to royal wedding: reports

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Prince Harry reportedly flew Lesotho orphan Mutsu Potsane to Windsor especially for his nuptials to Meghan Markle.

An orphan from Lesotho that Prince Harry befriended in 2004 was one of the select few to be invited onto the grounds of Windsor Castle for the Royal Wedding on Saturday, according to a report.

The UK's Daily Express newspaper reports that Mutsu Potsane was four when the then 19-year-old Harry struck up an instant rapport with him during a gap-year trip to Africa.

The pair plant a fruit tree in 2004.
The pair plant a fruit tree in 2004.
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"The little boy stuck to Harry like glue, attracted to the laughing Englishman who entertained him and bought him a pair of blue wellington boots that Mutsu wore to bed for a long time," the report said.

Harry went on to co-found the charity Sentebale in 2006 to help children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana affected by HIV.

Mutsu, now 18, was reportedly among a group of 10 people from Sentebale that attended.

Sentebale chairman Johnny Hornby said Mutsu is "a bit shy now, but he's doing really well. He's just finishing school".

In a Facebook post, Sentebale said: "We were delighted that some of the team were able to join in the very special celebrations in Windsor today".

"In Lesotho, the team and some of the children we support marked the occasion with a traditional Basotho celebration at the Mamohato Children's Centre."

SBS News has contacted Sentebale for comment.

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