CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
BRITAIN’S Prince Harry on Thursday visited the Victoria Falls in Livingstone adding to the list of several celebrities and global figures to have visited one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Prince Harry, who was born on September 15, 1984, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and late Princess Diana of Wales.
Prince Harry, who is reportedly in the company of his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, visited the Victoria Falls between 12:00 and 13:00 hours on Thursday and is scheduled to leave the country on Monday.
Immigration Department officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Prince Harry arrived in Zambia on Thursday through Kazungula border post from Kasane in Botswana.
“They came through Kazungula from Chobe in Kasane, Botswana. This is a place where the mother visited first and he has resolved to be visiting it annually,” sources said.
They said Prince Harry entered the Victoria Falls through Livingstone’s Avani Victoria Falls Hotel gate to the tourist attraction.
Prince Harry arrived in the tourist capital by road from Botswana using a car hired from Voyages Car Hire company.
“They arrived yesterday [Thursday] by road from Botswana and they are ‘hiding’ on a strictly private visit. They came on a hired vehicle which they got around 08:30 hours and they are lodging at Tongabezi Lodge,” the source said.
And according to US Weekly, an online publication, Prince Harry arrived in Botswana on August 4 this year on a three-week vacation during which the 32-year-old intended to ask Markle for her hand in marriage.
Prince Harry was, at the time of his birth, third in line of succession to the British throne, after his father and elder brother.
He is currently fifth in line after his father, his elder brother William, and his nephew and niece, George and Charlotte.
Zambia Tourism Board Livingstone promotions manager Jocelyn Mutinta said Prince Harry’s visit is private.
“The visit is very private and the operator signed to keep it so. We will only avail information after they leave,” Mrs Mutinta said.