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Prince Harry makes a surprising three-day solo visit to Mozambique

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The Duke of Sussex paid a surprising solo three-day visit this week to Mozambique’s azure coast of the Indian Ocean, where he once regularly enjoyed romantic beach getaways with his Zimbabwean ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

Prince Harry, who currently lives in his $14 million California mansion after leaving his royal duty, took a solo trip to the azure coast of the Indian Ocean this week.

The Duke made the 20,000 trip from California to host a group of US officials, conservationists and philanthropists on a tour of the pristine Bazaruto Archipelago in his role as president of African Parks, his spokesman said.

News of the prince’s surprise African visit came out after he was photographed at the luxurious $270-night Vilanculos Beach Lodge on the edge of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, which is managed by African Parks.

A source told MailOnline that Harry flew to Heathrow on Sunday, where he switched to a connecting flight to Johannesburg.

The royal did not appear to have been accompanied by his wife Meghan Markle, 41, or his children Archie, three, or Lilibet, one, on the trip.

Harry and Chelsy regularly visited Bazaruto Island, the largest of the six in the archipelago, making the most of the empty white sand beaches and snorkeling in coral reefs inhabited by thousands of species of marine life.

Bazaruto’s isolation and protection has also guarded one of the world’s last populations of dugongs, also known as manatees, the giant underwater grazers that are on the brink of extinction.

The blonde beauty dated Prince Harry for seven years until 2010 and has largely stayed out of the limelight in the 12 years since.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, paid a surprising solo three-day visit to Mozambique this week (pictured, during the trip)

Yassin Amuji, the head of the Vilanculos Tourism Association, met Harry over breakfast at his beachfront resort before the Prince set off by boat from the local harbor to check on the work of African Parks that manage the Bazaruto Archipelago.

‘He was simple and humble and very polite even when guests came to the hotel to take pictures.

“I’ve seen Prince Harry come to this area since he was in his twenties and enjoy his vacation to Bazaruto. I know he will come back and hopefully bring his family next time,” Mr Amuji told MailOnline.

“I explained to him how difficult it is in the tourism industry because of covid and he was very sympathetic and wished us the best.

Harry and his ex Chelsy regularly visited the area where they would make the most of the white sand beaches

Harry and his ex Chelsy regularly visited the area where they would make the most of the white sand beaches

‘He toured the archipelago to see the work of African Parks and traveled by boat from Vilanculos as it is very close by boat and you can see a lot of the wildlife that way.’

Harry is also close to Mozambique’s former First Lady Graca Machel, who is also the widow of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president.

During his recent speech at the United Nations, on Nelson Mandela Day, Harry expressed his deep connection to the continent.

‘Since I first visited Africa at the age of 13, I have always found hope in the continent. In fact, it’s been my lifeline for most of my life… It’s where I felt closest to my mother and sought comfort after she died, and where I knew I’d found a soul mate in my wife’.

Harry and Meghan considered settling in Cape Town before finally moving to Canada and then California. Many of the Duke’s closest friends are based in neighboring Botswana.

Meghan, 40, and Harry have traveled to Africa together several times, including visiting Botswana at the start of their relationship in the summer of 2016.

“I was able to persuade her to come with me to Botswana. We camped together under the stars.

“She came with me for five days, which was absolutely fantastic,” Harry said after their engagement. “So then we were really alone, which was crucial for me to make sure we got to know each other.

The couple’s tour of Africa in 2019, accompanied by their son Archie, was their last as members of the royal family.

South Africa-based African Parks manages about 20 national parks in nearly a dozen countries on behalf of governments, including Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Chad.

The pair would visit Bazaruto Island, the largest of six in the archipelago, where they would snorkel in coral reefs inhabited by thousands of species of marine life (pictured, a resort where Harry and Chelsy stayed in 2004)

The pair would visit Bazaruto Island, the largest of six in the archipelago, where they would snorkel in coral reefs inhabited by thousands of species of marine life (pictured, a resort where Harry and Chelsy stayed in 2004)

The conservation charity is one of the few private patrons that Harry retained after Megxit in 2020. He became the figurehead after working as a volunteer in Malawi, where they relocated 500 elephants – the most ambitious project of its kind.

His surprise visit comes days after it emerged that the Sussexes will come to Britain next month for the first time since its platinum anniversary to attend several charity events, including the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5.

In photos shared online of the Duke’s visit to the country, he looked relaxed in a gray polo shirt, baseball cap and navy blue shorts.

Posted in an instant by author Eric Morier-Genoud on Twitterthe royal could be seen posing with another man.

The Duke has visited Mozambique before - in 2010 he made a secret visit to the country where he joined UK charity The Halo Trust (pictured in 2010)

The Duke has visited Mozambique before – in 2010 he made a secret visit to the country where he joined UK charity The Halo Trust (pictured in 2010)

The Duke has visited Mozambique before – in 2010 he made a secret visit to the country where he joined the British charity The Halo Trust.

The charity cleared as many as 105,000 landmines from the north of the country and took Harry, then 25, to a village near the Cahora Bassa dam in Tete, central Mozambique.

His latest visit comes as royal experts said Harry and Meghan could use their visit to the UK next month as a chance to see the Queen, although their arrival will coincide with a busy week when the monarch will also meet the new Prime Minister.

They will then head to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event, before returning to the UK on September 8 for the WellChild Awards.

It is unknown if their three-year-old son, Archie, or Lilibet, one, will join them.

The pair are likely looking to spend time with the Queen after enjoying “barely 15 minutes” with her at the platinum anniversary celebrations this summer, according to royal viewers.

The monarch is currently in Balmoral but will be in London on September 6 to meet either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak when they become Prime Minister.

Earlier this month, she invited Harry and Meghan to join her on her Highland retreat, The Sun reported.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams suggested earlier this week that a meeting with the monarch would be more likely in London or Windsor.

His surprise visit comes days after it emerged that the Sussexes will come to Britain next month for the first time since its platinum anniversary to attend several charity events, including the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5.

His surprise visit comes days after it emerged that the Sussexes will come to Britain next month for the first time since its platinum anniversary to attend several charity events, including the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5.

He told MailOnline: ‘The reports that the Queen had invited Harry and Meghan to Balmoral have never been confirmed. However, it would only make sense for them to see her when she’s in Windsor and when they’re based in Frogmore, as they got to spend very little time with her over the platinum anniversary.

“If she comes down as expected, she can receive the new Prime Minister in Windsor or Buckingham Palace. There would also be time for her and the Sussexes to discuss the future, which will hopefully be more constructive than the recent past.

“They should also be aware that some form of reconciliation in the Platinum Jubilee year would certainly be good for the image they want to have as philanthropists.”

However, Phil Dampier suggested that Balmoral could be the most likely location.

“Whether he meets the Queen probably depends on her. If she says she wants to see them, they’ll definitely stop by for a chat,” he told MailOnline.

“I’m sure she would hope the relaxed atmosphere there would be more conducive to talking things through and trying to solve the problems they all face.

“Meghan won’t like the hunting, shooting and fishing environment of the Highlands, but the Queen would be much more comfortable meeting them there rather than a rushed meeting in London.”

A spokesperson for the Sussex said: “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to be visiting several charities close to their hearts in early September.”

The announcement comes just weeks after it became known that Harry had filed a second lawsuit against the government and Scotland Yard over the decision not to allow him to pay for police protection when he comes to visit from California.

The Duke of Sussex is already suing the Home Office over his 2020 decision to withdraw his taxpayer-funded protection, which he says makes it unsafe to come to Britain with his wife, Meghan Markle, and two children, Archie and Lilibet.

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