Prince Harry Invited Mutsu Potsane, an Orphan He Met in Lesotho in 2004, to the Royal Wedding

They've reunited several times between then and now

Updated 05/22/18

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Ahead of last Saturday's royal wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were inviting thousands of members of the public onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch their arrivals at St. George's Chapel and carriage procession away from the church after the ceremony. This special guest list included "young people who have shown strong leadership," students from two local Windsor schools, residents of the Windsor community, and 200 people associated with Harry and Meghan's favorite charities.

Among the latter group was one of Saturday's most special guests: Relebohile "Mutsu" Potsane, an orphan from Lesotho who first met Harry during the prince's charity trip to the southern African country in 2004.

The Daily Express reported on Saturday morning that Potsane would be in attendance during the day's events, as part of the delegation from Sentebale, the charity Prince Harry co-founded in 2006 to benefit children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. "He's a bit shy now, but he's doing really well. He's just finishing school," Johnny Hornby, chairman of Sentebale, told the Express of Potsane, who is now 18 years old. During the weekend's festivities, Metro published a video that appears to show Harry spotting Potsane in the crowd outside the chapel and giving him a big grin and enthusiastic wave.

Potsane first met Harry when he was 4 years old and living at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans; the two reportedly became fast friends, with the then 19-year-old prince reportedly gifting Potsane a pair of blue rain boots that the little boy refused to take off for days at a time, and inviting Potsane to join him in planting a peach tree on the Mants'ase grounds.

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According to Cosmopolitan, Harry and Potsane reunited several times after their first meeting. When the young royal returned to Lesotho in 2006 to help establish Sentebale, he met back up with Potsane, and the duo inspected the peach tree they had planted two years prior. And almost a decade later, Potsane traveled to London to sing with the Basotho Youth Choir at the Sentebale Concert, headlined by Coldplay, at Kensington Palace. During that visit, Harry specifically sought out the company of his old friend, sharing a sweet embrace with Potsane that was caught on camera.

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