Prince Harry will be houseguest of 86 year old widow of British Gurkha, at 6000 ft - southasia.com.au
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales is arriving in Nepal today where he will spend a night as the houseguest of an elderly widow whose husband fought for the British Crown as a serviceman in the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
In response to an earlier report by southasia.com.au, readers took to social media to wonder who the lucky host would be. It is now confirmed that an 86 year old wife of a late Gurkha veteran is set to be the proud host of Prince Harry, The Telegraph confirmed. Her humble abode in Lamjung district is at a majestic 6000 ft.
According to an earlier statement posted on his royal website, Prince Harry is understood to be ?hugely appreciative of this invitation, which will further enable him to deepen his understanding of the Gurkhas'.
This year celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of their unbroken service to the English monarchy, Gurkha will be a constant motif of Prince Harry?s maiden visit to the South Asian nation. He is well-known as a British royal who feels deeply and personally indebted to the fearsome fighters from the lush mountains of Nepal. As a representative of Her Majesty?s Government during his five day long tour, the red-bearded prince will partake in a reception tonight to be hosted by Nepal?s Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa. Nepal?s 200 year old relation with England will be formally recognised in the programme which will be attended by Prime Minister K.P. Oli.
During his stay in the earthquake-battered nation from 19 to 23 March, 'Prince Harry will also have the opportunity to experience the country's stunning natural beauty and highlight the importance of conservation-based tourism in Nepal, and 'he will learn about Nepal's future through its young people and both the challenges and opportunities they will experience in the years to come,' his royal website said announcing the details of the visit.
According Gurka Welfare Trust, the prince will visit the famous recruitment centre in Pokhara to have a taste of the incredibly tough selection process a British Gurkha aspirant has to complete prior to wearing the uniform and be a part of the legend.
During the visit to the centre, known as the British Gurkha Camp, he will meet an ex-serviceman who is certain to send the prince down his memory lanes' Retired Gurkha Major Bishnu Pun. According to GWT's news briefing, Mr Pun formerly served as an Orderly at The Prince of Wales' household and once hosted a young Prince Harry during his father's official visit as Colonel-in-Chief of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in 1991.
It is not only the knowledge of their gallant history that makes Prince Harry admire the Gurkhas; his respect for these bravehearts comes from within. He personally knows members of the British Gurkha ?who have sadly been injured in recent actions?, his official website says.
The prince charming was made an honorary Gurkha as he fought alongside members of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles from 2007 to 2008. He would later famously remark, 'When you know you are with the Gurkhas, I think there's no safer place to be, really.'
His excitement at his impending Nepal visit has been obvious. There have been a countdown on his personal social media account, patiently waiting for his touchdown at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.
In preparation for the trip, he recently met with officials of a humanitarian emergency response organisation called MapAction, of which he is a patron. During the reception at the Kensington Palace, he was apprised of the actions the group took after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country last April. 'What you've done for Nepal and what you do is fantastic,' he said following the meeting, MapAction's press statement said.
Prince Harry wants to ''return favour'' to the Gurkhas for their service to the crown by seeking to ''shine the spotlight'' on Nepal so that tourists begin visiting the beautiful nation in hordes. This, Nepal shall certainly appreciate as tourism is lifeblood of the landlocked, long-suffering nation.
Woooooooooow. Thats incredible.