http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=7dfd98005dba40baacc82277f292e522&ec=JibmU1dToV1v0sCgo5QBGvz4YBtmzdtbFresh back from his heady and successful tour of New Zealand, Prince Harry has finally returned to the United Kingdom – to see his new garden.
While the prince still has yet to meet his newborn niece Princess Charlotte, Harry, 30, was given a sneak preview of a special exhibit that’s been created for the Chelsea Flower Show upon his return to the U.K. Monday. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Harry said that the garden was “fantastic. It’s everything that I could wish for. This is exactly how I imagined it.”
And he joked that “if my garden was big enough I would try and move it into my garden.”
The exhibit is to promote his charity Sentebale, which works to help children affected by HIV and AIDS in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.”There’s certain parts of this that’s exactly like Africa,” Harry said. “This is our way of trying to bring a little bit of Lesotho to Chelsea.”
Designed by Matt Keightley and called “Hope in Vulnerability,” it is inspired by the Mamohato Children’s Centre, which is due to open later this year in Lesotho. Keightley was inspired by his visit to Lesotho last year and said the theme of children was “hugely important” to the garden. “It makes it a joyful, happy place,” he told the BBC.
He thought he’d surprise Harry with a fun touch – some tiny footprints signifying children in the stone pathway. “He liked the detail,” Keightley tells PEOPLE. “But he beat me to it and he had seen it in Twitter last night.”
He adds: “It was nice to be able to go from a sketch around a table with him and his father to revealing the finished garden. He was really pleased with it.”
Chief executive of Sentebale Cathy Ferrier says the garden will help them publicize the soon-to-open children’s center. “It will enable us to cater for 1,500 children a year, and will be the only purpose-built kids camp in Southern Africa. Children say they feel at leave when they come to stay,” she says.
Harry added: “We’re pretty happy with what we’ve achieved. Of all the places in Africa to have a charity, this is one of the hardest places geographically. It’s a challenge but one we are up to taking on. We’ve enjoyed doing what we’ve been doing and having a chance to help a whole generation of kids grow up.”