The prince was being feted by the locals during his five-day tour of Nepal

By Simon Perry
March 22, 2016 08:10 AM
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Prince Harry is known to be a fit and athletic man.

But even he appeared to struggle under the sheer weight of the garlands and tributes that were hung around his neck during a trek in the mountains of Nepal.

The former Royal Army officer received the tributes at Okhari following more than an hour walk down the mountains.

Once there, he got a red face to match his red hair after being daubed in powder paint to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of Color. Harry’s red beard was made even more scarlet by the school’s head girl, and he reciprocated, painting her in return, the Daily Telegraph reports.

At the school, where he played some volleyball, Harry heard how the British-based Gurkha Welfare Trust is helping to fund the rebuilding of the school after it was destroyed by last year s earthquake.

Prince Harry was also smeared with red powder during Holi, the Hindu festival of color in Nepal
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Harry, 31, who is on a five-day tour had stayed over night in the village of Leorani with a Nepalese family, learning more about the people and the area from where many of the Gurkha regiment of the British Army come from.

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The prince got a red face to go with his red beard
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He served alongside Gurkhas during his two tours of duty in Afghanistan. His service is one of the reasons he was eager to come to the country.

During his stay, the royal was fed a meal of chicken curry, rice, mixed vegetables and dhal and he followed the custom of eating with his fingers.

Rising early, the prince was able to see the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas and told his hosts that the experience was “amazing really, peaceful actually.”