Prince Harry still waiting to meet Princess Charlotte

Though he's back in the UK now, Prince Harry is still waiting to be introduced to his new niece Princess Charlotte. The royal uncle made the admission as he paid a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. Less than 24 hours after arriving back in Britain from a week-long tour of New Zealand, the Prince said he had not yet met the newborn royal, who was born while he was away on a four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force.

Harry, 30, made a special appearance at the flower show to visit a garden designed by Matt Keightley, who created an African-themed garden for Harry's charity Sentebale.


Prince Harry arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday morning

"I can't wait to show members of my family this garden," Harry told BBC Breakfast. "My father's foundation has been involved in this as well.

"This evening will be quite busy. I'll probably be like a walking zombie. It will be great. I haven't seen my grandma for a while, or my grandfather."

Asked about his new niece, he added, "We'll wait and see. That still hasn't happened yet. I only got back yesterday afternoon. Time will tell when I have a chance."

The Prince admires the Sentebale garden with creator Matt Keightley

Harry was clearly delighted by the completed Sentebale garden, which includes plants and flowers transported from southern Africa, and was seen bending down for a closer inspection several times during a guided tour of the colourful display. As a special treat, a Basothu choir sang for the Prince as he left the garden, and he spent time talking to each of them and shaking their hands.

Mr Keightley was tasked with creating a garden inspired by Sentebale's new children centre, which would "transport" visitors in Chelsea to "the landscape of Lesotho in southern Africa".

Harry said that his "fantastic" efforts were "everything I could have wished for".

Prince Harry greets members of the Basutho Choir

"From all the sketches of what it would look like, this is exactly how I imagined it," he said. "It's kind of perfect. If my garden was big enough, I would try and move it into my garden."

Later on Monday, Harry will show his grandmother, the Queen, around the garden, parts of which he said were "exactly like Africa". The Prince added, "I'm aware lots of people haven't been to Africa, let alone Lesotho. This is our way of bringing a little bit of Lesotho to Chelsea."