Harry s with the band!
The first-ever concert on the East Lawn of Kensington Palace was organized to help raise funds for Harry’s charity, Sentebale, and to bring awareness to the challenges faced by young people affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Harry praised singer Chris Martin and the band who “rocked the palace.” Then, as the Basotho Youth Choir joined in the chorus of Coldplay’s “Up&Up,” Harry joined in too!
Waving his hands in the air, he told the audience: Thank you for standing out in the rain, thank you to the choir that has come all the way from Lesotho. Please drive home safely and carry the work of Sentebale. And thank you to Coldplay – thank you so much, you’ve rocked the palace, you’ve rocked the palace!
Just moments earlier, the Coldplay frontman sang the prince s praises and dedicated their song, “‘Til Kingdom Come” to the royal, adding that the band had great “respect” for what he does for the Lesotho-based charity and his veteran s cause, Invictus Games.
Coldplay played a selection of their hit songs, including “Paradise,” “Clocks,” “Fix You” (and a special version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” – “for everyone who works at Sentebale”).
Earlier in the show, Martin joked that the band had rehearsed for the gig at a secluded farm – referring to last weekend s iconic Glastonbury Festival.
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He also quipped that Queen Victoria (whose statue sits at the end of the palace gardens) actually preferred younger men and was a Belieber!
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Before introducing the band, Harry cut to the seriousness of the evening in an emotional speech, which highlighted the stigma of HIV that still exists in sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the world.
It “remains an urgent challenge. In southern Africa, the epidemic remains the biggest killer of adolescents. Here in the U.K., more people have the virus than ever before,” Harry told his 3,000 guests.
“We must follow the example of the young people of Lesotho, and meet one of the great challenges of our generation with optimism, energy, and openness.”
Harry – who is stepping up his fight for those with HIV and AIDS in a series of fact-finding missions and visits this summer – first traveled to Lesotho when he was 19 and was inspired to set up Sentebale (meaning “forget me not” in Sesotho) with Prince Seeiso, in memory of both their late mothers.
“What I remember most from that first visit was learning that this was a country with joy in its heart – a country that faced its challenges with warmth, optimism, and courage. It didn’t take me long to be hooked on the country and to the irresistible smiles of its children, Harry said.