Prince Harry's scandalous adventures in Africa: No, not Meghan's husband but his great-great uncle

Mail Online | 2/25/1929 | Christopher Wilson for the Daily Mail
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After their new baby has settled, Harry and Meghan are said to want to take a short 'secondment' to Africa, combining their jobs as Commonwealth ambassadors with charity work and a role promoting British interests.

Indeed, some believe that a break from the glare of the social media spotlight that the couple have attracted in recent months will be of great benefit. But whatever the Sussexes do, and however long they're gone, all we can hope is things go better than the last time a Prince Harry was sent to Africa.

Henry - Duke - Gloucester - Uncle - Queen

He was Henry, Duke of Gloucester, uncle of our Queen and the third son of George V. Also known as Harry, he was — as we shall discover — a bit of a nincompoop.

Like the present-day Harry, he was a dedicated Army officer who was shunted out of his dream job because of his birth.

Harry - Role - Ambitions

Like the present-day Harry, he struggled to find a role to satisfy his own ambitions.

But his Africa jaunt was an extended holiday for two princely brothers, with a bit of flag-waving thrown in to justify a leisurely three-month stay on the continent.

Companion - Expedition - Eldest - Brother - Edward

His companion on this ill-fated expedition was his fun-loving eldest brother Edward, Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII).

Neither realised, as they set off on the P&O liner Kaisar-i-Hind in September 1928, what the consequences would be — the furious resignation of a senior courtier and the bruising of two royal reputations.

Woman - Redress

And, much more damagingly, a pregnant married woman who had bedded them both, angrily demanding redress.

At 34, Edward was a sophisticated man of the world — used to the slavish attentions of women eager to bed him. His sex appeal in those pre-Abdication days was unparallelled — and he took full advantage of it.

Harry

The same could not be said of Harry, who more than one...
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