Prince Harry to Host Coldplay at Kensington Palace
The concert will raise money for Harry's Sentebale charity.
By CAROLYN DURAND
May 25, 2016, 7:29 PM
• 5 min read
-- Prince Harry will be rocking out for a cause close to his heart. The 31-year-old prince has invited Coldplay to headline a concert for his Sentebale charity in the back garden of Kensington Palace on June 28.
“We're delighted to join Prince Harry for this very special concert and to support Sentebale's incredible work with adolescents affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana," the rock band, which performed this year at the Super Bowl, said in a statement.
Sentebale, which means "forget me not," was formed by Prince Harry in honor of his late mother, Princess Diana, to help vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa affected by HIV and AIDS.
Sentebale has been so successful that it's recently expanded its presence from LeSotho to Botswana.
Prince Harry returned to LeSotho last November to open the Mamohato Children's Center, which provides education, camps and psychological support to 1,500 HIV-positive children each year. At the center's opening, Harry named one of the rooms in the center after Princess Diana.
Princess Diana was one of the first to end the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS and worked tirelessly to end discrimination and raise funds for education and research for those living with the disease. Prince Harry, who formed the charity in 2006, has vowed to carry on his mother's work.
HIV is the number one cause of death in 10 to 19-year-olds in Africa, according to Sentebale.
"I hope she's looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we've established, I suppose," Harry said. "I'm sure she's longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again."
He added, "I hope that everything we do privately and officially, that it makes her proud. I think losing your mother at such a young age does end up shaping your life massively. Of course, it does, and now I find myself trying to be there and give advice to other people who are in similar positions."
All proceeds from the Coldplay concert will go towards supporting children living with HIV and AIDS.
The CEO of Sentebale, Cathy Ferrier, said in a statement, "UNAIDS estimates that only 30 percent of adolescents believed to be living with HIV in Lesotho are accessing medication. HIV and AIDS no longer needs to be a death sentence, but the problem will not go away unless we act now. Over the course of the next decade, it is our aim to change the tide of this epidemic."