On April 29, 2011, a great sigh flitted through all of woman kind as William the Duke of Cambridge walked down the aisle with his true love, the new Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and even though the world was watching with wistful eyes, our hearts began to beat for another prince, the rebel, the soldier, Prince Harry of Wales The second son of the icon Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales, Harry has always delighted us with his rebellious charm, his dedication to serving his country, how cute he looks playing polo and, royal event or not, how he always seems to be himself. If those weren’t reasons enough to love His Highness, it seems that the Prince of Wales isn’t done giving us reasons to swoon. Prince Harry is involved with almost 20 different charities that benefit people and places worldwide, giving the term ‘royal treatment’ a whole new meaning.
During his recent trip to the US, Prince Harry flexed his giving arm by competing in a friendly polo match in Greenwich, Conn., an event which garnered $1 million for Sentebale, a charity begun by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, the African country that Sentebale benefits. The royal-made charity aims to bring aid, health care and education to the orphaned and most vulnerable children in Lesotho, victims of the AIDS and HIV epidemic in the country.
His Highness also appeared in Washington D.C. on behalf of Halo Trust, a non-profit organization that sponsors the de-mining of old war zones and was one of Princess Diana’s favorite charities. Harry also visited the storm-torn coast of the Jersey shore as well as made an appearance at the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, an annual event during which men and women injured in combat compete in friendly Paralympic games.
Of course, one week in the US barely scratched the surface of the prince’s philanthropy. Harry and his brother William began The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009, a large charity which supports a large expanse of projects including helping to give opportunities to underprivileged youth, environmental conservation and support for the Armed Forces and their families. The Prince of Wales also supports Tusk Trust, a trust supporting wildlife conservation and education as well as teaching sustainable development and poverty alleviation, of which Prince William is the Royal Patron.
Sticking to his military ties, Harry also is an avid supporter of multiple charities dedicated to serving military men and women and their families such as Help For Heroes, a large non-profit organization which offers immediate financial assistance, educational, physical and psychological help and employment opportunities to injured service men and women and their families. Harry is also an avid supporter of The Warrior Programme, a charity dedicated to bringing support to homeless veterans and giving them opportunities to help them to get back on their feet and making them pillars in their communities.
The Prince of Wales also has a soft spot for conservation and environmental protection. He gives his support to charities such as the Prince’s Rainforest Project, whose aim it is to slow deforestation by offering other choices to the native countries as well as raising awareness about climate change and habitat destruction.
Are you swooning yet? Prince Harry of Wales not only charms but also gives with what seems like every resource available to him; it turns out that his heart is just as gorgeous as his smile and just as big as his title. Come back next week to find out who else is charming us with not only his style, but his charity work.