Prince Harry has arrived in Nepal to help revive the country’s tourist industry and to say a personal thank you to the Gurkhas for 200 years of service to the Crown.
The Prince, making his first visit to the Himalayan country, has said Britain owes Nepal a “favour” for the sacrifices made by Gurkhas in two centuries of wars.
Dressed in white shirt and blue coat, Prince Harry landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport on a Qatar Airways flight. He was welcomed by Kunti Shah, state minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development.
A visit he hopes will ‘shine a spotlight’ on the country as it rebuilds following last year’s devastating earthquake.
He was keen to see how the country’s rebuilding effort was progressing after the disaster in April that killed almost 9,000 people and damaged a million houses and buildings.
At Kensington Palace on Wednesday prior to flying out he said:
“I think, hopefully, by doing this trip it will shine a spotlight back on the issue, and people will realise that there’s still a hell of a lot needs to be done”
In a speech, the prince said:
“I am honoured and excited to be here. When asked last year whether I would make this visit on behalf of Her Majesty to celebrate two hundred years of relations between our countries, I was delighted”
“Like so many people back home, I have grown up seeing beautiful images of Nepal in books and on television. I am sure you hear this all the time, but your country holds a special place in the imagination for so many people around the world”
This is the first official visit by the 31-year-old Prince to the quake-ravaged Himalayan country. Prince Harry is accompanied by British State Foreign Secretary Hugo Swire.
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Prince Harry will meet Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli later on Saturday and attend a reception hosted by the Nepalese government. He is scheduled to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday.
During the five-day stay, Prince Harry will visit the earthquake affected areas in the capital city and interact with quake displaced families living in temporary settlements to learn about their post-disaster situation.
Prince Harry is reported to have a huge amount of admiration for the resilience of the people of this country, particularly in response to the earthquakes of April and May last year.
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