Orphan Harry befriended in 2004 among first guests to greet married royal couple

An orphan Prince Harry met while volunteering in Lesotho, southern Africa, was among the first guests to greet him and Meghan after the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

The new Duke of Sussex reportedly made friends with Mutsu Potsane, then four, while on a gap year in Lesotho, a landlocked nation encircled by South Africa, in 2004.

Harry is said to have stayed in touch with Mutsu over the years. The orphan is now 18 and his given name is Relebohile.

In 2006, the prince, with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso, co-founded Sentebale, a charity that works to combat the spread of HIV.

The royal duo founded the organisation in their respective mothers’ memory, both of whom spent time in the kingdom working to fight HIV.

Lesotho has the world’s second-highest rate of HIV.

Around 200 representatives from various charities were among the 2,460 members of the public invited to celebrate inside the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Among them was Sentebale. Its chairman Johnny Hornby said 18-year-old Mutsu was among the first group to greet the newlyweds, the Express reports.

"He’s a bit shy now, but he’s doing really well," Johnny said.

"He’s just finishing school."

The charity shared a photo of some of its members at the royal wedding.

"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!"

Harry and Mutsu were introduced at the Mants’ase Children’s Home for orphans near Mohale’s Hoek, outside Lesotho’s capital Maseru, more than ten years ago.

Harry visited the centre to help children affected by HIV and Aids and quickly bonded with Mutsu. The prince returned to the orphanage in 2006.

The pair were reunited again in 2015 when Harry went to the official opening of a new children’s centre set up by Sentebale.

An ITV documentary on the work captured Harry scoop the then 15-year-old off the ground for a big hug. They talked about their first meeting and what they’d been up to in their time apart.

And on Saturday, as the Duke of Sussex enjoyed what was no doubt the happiest day of his life, he saw Mutsu again.

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