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Harry jets out for aid mission in Africa

February 12, 2004
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Prince Harry has flown out to Africa to begin the next stage of his gap year. The coming weeks will see the 19-year-old working on community projects to help combat Aids on the beleaguered continent.

The teenage prince will also be helping with the education of mothers and children who don't have access to schools. A Clarence House spokesman said the plans reflect his own personal interest in helping people with severe health difficulties.

The exact location of the projects has not been released, and it is believed Prince Charles wants to avoid a repeat of the media frenzy that followed his son's time in Australia. Last year Harry spent three months working as "jackaroo" in the Outback, but he apparently considered leaving early because of the constant attention of the press.

By spending some time in Africa the teenager follows in his older sibling's footsteps - William previously visited Kenya and Tanzania. The future king, who is currently learning Swahili, has a great love for the continent and intends to do environmental work there when he finishes college.

Harry, meanwhile, is destined for an Army career and is expected to start his training at Sandhurst Military Academy next year.

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Prince Harry wanted to visit Africa as he is interested in the problems facing impoverished peoples. He will spend eight weeks working on health and educational projects in some of the world's most desperate communities
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Last year he spent three months working on a cattle ranch in the Australian outback. The constant attention of the press proved problematic though, and Clarence House has kept the exact details of his Africa trip under wraps

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