Prince Harry shares Lesotho images after turning photographer on charity trip

In this photograph taken by Prince Harry, Lesothan children pose at a Herd Boy School supported by Sentebale in Maseru, Lesotho Credit: PA

Prince Harry, a keen amateur photographer, has shared a selection of images from a trip to his charity project Sentebale in Lesotho last week.

Lesothan children pose Prince Harry after he disembarked a Lesothan Army Helicopter to visit a Mamohato Network Club for children living with HIV at St Paul Centre in Leribe, Lesotho Credit: PA

The three black and white shots taken by the 30-year-old prince show groups of children and a man in traditional dress at his charity, which supports disadvantaged children - many of them Aids orphans or who have the disease themselves.

A man in traditional Lesothan Dress poses for Prince Harry at a Herd Boy School supported by Sentebale in Maseru, Lesotho Credit: PA

"I have always enjoyed photography and the challenges that come with trying to capture the perfect shot, although privately I don't take many photos," Prince Harry said.

"The best photos I have are in my head - I have some very special memories, mostly from Africa. But on this visit, I had the time and opportunity to be on the other side of the camera and take some photos in the stunning country of Lesotho for my charity Sentebale."

Prince Harry wears a Christmas hat with orphans from the Mants'ase Children's Home during a visit to Maseru, Lesotho Credit: PA

The Prince also posed for a series of shots, including one where he and a group of children posed in Santa hats.

Commenting on the photograph, Harry said: "Festive cheer! Despite it being 32 degrees, someone gave out Christmas hats and inevitably one found its way onto my head.

All the children, orphaned for one reason or another, absolutely loved the hats and balloons. We even managed to squeeze a hat onto Prince Seeiso's head! Again, so nice to see the place so well looked after."

In another photograph, he is pictured swinging a young boy in the air.

Prince Harry swings young three year old orphan boy called Lerato in this photograph taken with the help of a three year old blind girl called Karabo during a visit to Phelisanong Children's Home in Maseru, Lesotho Credit: PA

Explaining how the shot was taken with the help of a young blind girl, he wrote: "Wow, what a welcome we got! There were 40 over-energetic children using us as climbing frames, water fights, and a lot of laughs.

"The boy flying is Lerato, a three-year-old who was abandoned at birth. The photo was taken by three-year-old Karabo, who is blind.

"She heard the clicks, went to the camera and, with a little bit of help on direction, shot this great photo."

Sentebale is in the process of building a major new project, its Mamohato Children's Centre, which will provide emotional and psychological support to children currently affected by HIV and Aids.

One of the herd boys helped by Sentebale is photographed by the prince Credit: PA

Some really outgoing chatty kids, others slightly overwhelmed, but all with huge smiles.

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Prince Harry takes a photograph out of the window of a Lesotho Army Helicopter on a Fuji X100s Camera as he travels over the Muluti Mountains on the way to a herd boy night school constructed by Sentebale in Mokhotlong, Lesotho Credit: PA

The Prince said: "These are children who have never had the chance to talk about their illness, and who had no idea that they were one of so many in their age group."

Prince Harry plays with two young children who are going through a programme for malnourishment during a visit to the organisation supported by Sentebale 'Touching Tiny Lives' Credit: PA

"This confirmed to me again that what we're doing is going to change thousands of children's lives, and hopefully save a generation," the prince said.

Prince Harry helps with sandstone cladding for the guardhouse as he visits the construction site for the new Sentebale Mamohato Children's Centre at Thaba-Bosiu in Maseru, Lesotho Credit: PA