President Peter Mutharika has, today Monday, met Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex on the sidelines of the UK Africa Investment Summit.
The impromptu meeting occurred at a time Prince Harry is exiting the Royal Household to pursue a private life, a move that may compromise his projects in Malawi.
He is an avid supporter of wildlife conservation, particularly on elephant conversation.
Writing on his official Facebook page, President Mutharika said they had a successful meeting.
“His Royal Highness is one of Malawi’s friends with whom we share common interests in education, empowerment of youth and wildlife conservation,” reads the post by Mutharika.
However, Mutharika’s meeting with the Prince comes at a time he has opted to exit the royal household to follow his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex in Canada.
As part of a deal reached by the Royal Household, Prince Harry and Meghan will forego state funding.
British media hinted the couple would be pursuing personal income.
During the meeting, Harry might have tackled potential bottlenecks or potential slowdown to his Malawian initiatives to Mutharika.
Apparently, Harry has hinted that challenges are to be expected in the short to medium term, according to the British media.
“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” the CNN quotes Harry as having said during a social event.
But Mutharika’s sentiments seemed to tow an optimistic view.
“Our meeting which came on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment centered on how we can promote these sectors for the benefit of our people in Malawi,” said the Malawi leader in a statement after the meeting.
The UK-Africa summit got underway today, Monday, after being opened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.