NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 3:29 PM
This royal reunion was years in the making.
Prince Harry received a hug and a warm welcome back to Maseru, Lesotho on Thursday from his pen pal Mutsu Postane, an orphaned boy he first met 11 years ago on a trip to the African country, Us Weekly reports.
The redheaded prince, who had just arrived in the region for a weeklong tour of Lesotho and South Africa, met with Potsane at the ground-breaking of the Mamohato Children’s Centre — a new facility within his Sentebale charity, which helps children living with poverty and HIV/AIDS.
The two embraced and spoke with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso, who co-founded Sentebale with the prince in 2006.
Harry and Potsane have kept in touch over the years. In anticipation of their impending reunion, Kensington Palace released a letter on Instagram that the 15-year-old boy mailed his royal pal last year.
“Every day when I am sleeping I always dream about you,” Potsane wrote. “I hope you remember when we were together when planting peach trees and I know you feel happy when I am still writing the letters to you.”
During a speech at the center, the 31-year-old prince commiserated with the teen, whose parents died of AIDS, People magazine reports. Harry acknowledged that while he had grown up under different circumstances, he still understood the loss of a parent.
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“We shared a similar feeling of loss, having a loved one, in my case a parent, snatched away so suddenly,” the prince said. “I, like them, knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled.”
The new $ 3 million center contains sections dedicated to Princess Diana, the prince’s late mother, and Olga Powell, his beloved former nanny.