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Prince Harry makes Aids docu-film
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Prince Harry has made a film about the Lesotho Aids problem
Prince Harry has made a documentary film about the Aids-stricken nation of Lesotho, it has emerged.

The 19-year-old spent eight weeks in the impoverished southern African country as part of his gap year.

Some of the footage for The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho was shot by the teenage royal using his own hand-held video camera.

The film will be broadcast later this month, although an exact date has not been announced.

The hour-long piece is said to have been the Prince's own idea.
Prince Harry and villagers
The prince helps the people of Mohales Hoek carry fencing materials

Filmed during Harry's stay in the country, it follows some of the work he did at projects such as Mants'ase Children's Home in Mohale's Hoek, which was set up for children orphaned by or suffering from Aids.

About 40% of Lesotho's population is thought to have HIV or to be infected by Aids.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "Harry wanted to go to Lesotho to learn more about the problems faced in a country affected by Aids and to do what he could to help.

"He was really affected by his experience there and the people he met.

"He hopes that his visit and now the film will help to raise awareness and money to help tackle the problems faced by the people of Lesotho."
Lesotho is mostly highlands, with many villages impassable to vehicles
According to the UN, life expectancy is 32 for men and 38 for women
It is estimated that more than 70% of the Basothos people are unemployed

The documentary contains interviews with doctors, aid workers and Prince Seiso, the brother of Lesotho's King Letsie III who put together the itinerary for Harry's stay.

Harry is featured in some of the shots and does speak, but the piece is narrated by Tom Bradby, ITN's UK editor and former Royal correspondent.

The young Prince's dedication to Lesotho's problems may help counter his party-loving, nightclub-dwelling image.

It also see him following in the footsteps of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who was famed for her Aids charity work.

The film will be shown on ITV.

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