Joss Stone showers children with affection as she visits Prince Harry's charity in Lesotho

Prince Harry is set to arrive in Lesotho to open a new children's centre for his charity Sentebale on Thursday, but ahead of his visit, other stars have been touching down in the landlocked nation. Joss Stone, Harry's long-time friend, and Call the Midwife's Laura Main were two of the famous faces who made the trip.

As ambassadors for the Prince's charity, Joss and Laura were showing their support for Sentebale, which helps some of the most vulnerable children in the African nation. Many of the youngsters have been orphaned after their parents died in Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The visit at Phelisanong Children's Home was clearly an emotional day for Joss and Laura, but also one filled with joy and happiness.


Joss Stone played with children at the Phelisanong Children's Home

The 28-year-old songbird played with the kids, cuddling them and feeding them. Taken by one little child Monvake, Joss broke into song and serenaded the youngster alongside a carer called Ntseliseng.

The Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me) star also cradled one young child in her lap while they played.

The soul singer is an ambassador for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, based in Lesotho

Meanwhile, Laura, 34, huddled the children together for a big group selfie and entertained the youngsters by flicking through the photos afterwards. The actress, who plays Sister Bernadette on Call the Midwife, also let one little girl try on her straw hat.

The stars were visiting the children's home ahead of Prince Harry's arrival in Lesotho. The Queen's grandson will open a new flagship unit, the Mamohato Children's Centre, which houses 96 beds and helps children overcome the stigma surrounding their diagnosis with HIV.

Call the Midwife star Laura Main grouped the kids together for a selfie

After visiting Lesotho – the nation dubbed the "Kingdom of the Sky" – during his gap year in 2004, Harry decided to team up with Prince Seeiso to start the children's charity.

Sentebale, which means Forget-me-not in the local Basotho language, was launched in memory of their late mothers.

The actress is also a supporter of Harry's charity

The new centre has been named after Seeiso's mother Queen Mamohato while a dining hall with sweeping views over the imposing Thaba Bosiu plateau will be named the Diana, Princess of Wales Hall.

HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash will be joining Harry every step of the way on his African tour of Lesotho and South Africa, and will share all the details in a travel diary on HELLO! Online.

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