Why Africa is a special place for William and Harry: 'That’s as close as they can be to being normal'

Botswana has been a sanctuary for Prince Harry when there have been lows in his life, according to The Sun's former royal editor Duncan Larcombe.

The Royal Family has travelled all over the world for official tours and their private holidays, but there are some places that they keep going back to time and time again.

For Prince William, 37, and Harry, 34, their go-to destination is Africa. The young royals, then aged 15 and 12, visited Botswana shortly after their mother Princess Diana died in 1997.

In an interview with Town & Country in 2017, Harry said: "I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags—we were going to Africa to get away from it all.

"This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here."

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NAIROBI, KENYA - NOVEMBER 21: The Queen On A Walkabout In Nairobi During An Official Tour Of Kenya. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with Treetops guard-guide Dick Prickett at Treetops Hotel, Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
KENYA - NOVEMBER 12: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, waves from an open top Mercedes on November 12, 1983 in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are on a royal tour of Kenya. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
KENYA - NOVEMBER 12: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, receives a gift on November 12, 1983 in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are on a Royal Tour of Kenya. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
The motorcade taking Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to the city from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. (Photo by Ron Bell/PA Images via Getty Images)
NAIROBI - NOVEMBER 13: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are shown around the 'Treetops' hotel by Richard Prickett on November 13, 1983 near Sagana in Kenya. It was thirty two years beforehand that the Queen had been staying at 'Treetops' when she learnt of her father's death and that she had become monarch. This return was a part of a 'Royal Tour' of Kenya. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
NAIROBI, KENYA - NOVEMBER 13: Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew, Duke of York visit the Treetops Hotel on November 13, 1983 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Queen had been staying there 30 years before when she learnt of the death of her father. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Guard of Honour at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Photo by Ron Bell/PA Images via Getty Images)
NAIROBI - NOVEMBER 13: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are shown around the 'Treetops' hotel by Richard Prickett on November 13, 1983 near Sagana in Kenya. It was thirty two years beforehand that the Queen had been staying at 'Treetops' when she learnt of her father's death and that she had become monarch. This return was a part of a 'Royal Tour' of Kenya. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry visiting a crime scene, with a forensic team, of a rhino killed by poachers in Kruger National Park as part of his tour to South Africa.
NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT Prince Harry visiting a crime scene with a forensic team of a rhino killed by poachers in Kruger National Parkas part of his tour to South Africa.
NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT Prince Harry visiting a crime scene with a forensic team of a rhino killed by poachers in Kruger National Parkas part of his tour to South Africa.
Princes William and Prince Harry play with young patients while visiting the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Britain's Prince Harry, right, is presented with a specially embroidered traditional blanket, by Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, before visiting a school for local herd boys opened by Sentebale, a charity for disadvantaged Lesotho youngsters, co-founded by the two Princes, in the remote village of Semongkong, Lesotho.
Britain's Prince Harry, right, is presented with a specially embroidered traditional blanket, by Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, before visiting a school for local herd boys opened by Sentebale, a charity for disadvantaged Lesotho youngsters, co-founded by the two Princes, in the remote village of Semongkong, Lesotho.
Prince William and Prince Harry visit Semongkong Children's Centre in Lesotho.
Prince William chats to children as he and Prince Harry visit Semongkong Children's Centre in Lesotho.
Prince William and Prince Harry arrive on horseback to visit Semongkong Children's Centre in Lesotho.
Prince William strokes a dog as he and Prince Harry visit Semongkong Children's Centre in Lesotho.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta, right, wave to the crowd in Nairobi ,Kenya, March 26, 1972. Kenyatta welcomed the royal couple to Nairobi, the last stop on the Queen's tour before returning to Britain. Prince Philip is to remain in the African nation for another week. ( AP Photo/ Peter Winterbach )
U.S. Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall, left, talks to game warden holding a baby buck, as Udall visits the Queen Elizabeth National Park at Kampala, Uganda, Africa on Sept. 7, 1963. The U.S. official is on 10-day tour of Uganda, Tanganyika and Kenya. Man at center is unidentified. (AP Photo)
Britain's King George VI, left, with his wife Queen Elizabeth, second right, and their younger daughter Princess Margaret cross the tarmac at London Airport, on Jan. 31, 1952, to say farewell to Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at the start of their 30,000 mile tour of Kenya, Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand. (AP Photo)
Colonel Mervyn Cowie opens the visitors book for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke Of Edinburgh to sign as they arrive at Nairobi National Park to start a car tour, Feb. 2, 1952. The royal tourists saw much of the wild life in the park, including a lion devouring his kill, some 10 yards from the car. Prince Philip is seen talking to Mitzie, daughter of Colonel Cowie. (AP Photo)
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Royal commentator Omid Scobie tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box': "For Harry it [Africa] was a place that, really shortly after his mother's death, it was the first place he could actually go and feel he could mourn in private and feel left alone and not feel like a member of the Royal Family, he felt like just Harry.

"I think he's really found himself over the years and also been able to experience really special moments in his life in Africa."

When Harry began dating Meghan Markle in 2016, they flew to Botswana for their third date and camped out under the stars.

They visited again in 2017 to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar and recently released images from that trip on their Instagram account.

This autumn the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official royal tour to Africa. It also marks another special moment in their lives, as their three-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be joining them.

The Sun's former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says Botswana is a "special place for Harry," and has been a sanctuary for him when there have been lows in his life.

In 2008, the prince's deployment to Helmand in Afghanistan was revealed by Australian women's magazine, New Idea, who were not aware of the media blackout.

Prince Harry and Prince William join park manager Neil Whitson look at a a cheetah during a visit to the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Gabarone, Botswana.

In the interest of his safety and others, Harry was withdrawn immediately.

Larcombe says: "He [Harry] was absolutely furious. Where did he go? With Chelsy [Davy], straight to Botswana."

"It's where he goes when there's steam coming out of his ears to calm down."

Prince William also spent time travelling around Africa during his gap year working on conservation and wildlife projects in 2000.

During a holiday to Kenya in October 2010, William proposed to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton. The couple were married at Westminster Abbey the following year.

Larcombe adds: "They [Royals] go to places where they can be anonymous and that's as close as they can be to being normal."

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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