PRINCE HARRY has a new royal title; he has been crowned head of a Nepalese village.
As part of a five day tour in Nepal, the prince spent the night in the village of Leurani after trekking for over an hour to reach the remote destination. On his arrival the local women crowned him with a pheta, a white turban headdress which denotes his position as head of the village and danced, adorning Harry with garlands and scarves.
Far from the luxuries Harry is used to, he stayed with a local woman, a great grand-mother, 86-year-old Mangali Tamang, in order to experience what life in this remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas is like.
Tamang referred to Prince Harry as King and said:
“I’m very happy. I cried, ‘when I die I can say I talked to the king of a foreign land’.
“I blessed him so that he may live to be 100 years and all his wishes become fulfilled, and where he goes success will follow him.”
She continued: “I’m very happy to meet someone who has fought with the Gurkhas and to meet him at this age.”
Harry has previously worked with Gurkha soldiers whilst on tour in Afghanistan and he is keen to promote their bravery.
The Gurkha Welfare Service is currently re-building a school, high n the foothills, destroyed during last year´s earthquake. It will be Prince Harry´s or Head of Leurani Village´s next stop.