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Harry's charity in a row over funding orphanage in Lesotho

world Updated: Oct 26, 2008 13:36 IST

A charity set up by Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, to help deprived African children has been embroiled in a row over funding an orphanage in Lesotho, media reported on Sunday.

Lydia Muso of the Lesotho Child Counselling Unit (LCCU), which caters to 17 sexually and physically abused children, said that after initial help it had stopped receiving money from the Sentebale charity launched by the prince in 2006, The Sunday Times report said.

Harry and his elder brother Prince William had last week undertook a 1,600-km off-road motorcycle ride across South Africa to raise 300,000 pounds for their charities, including Sentebale. Although some people accused the princes of treating the trip primarily as a "jolly".

"They (Sentebale) have promised us 500,000 South African rand (30,000 pounds) for the day-to-day running of this sanctuary for children. But none of the money has arrived," Muso said.

"I have had to beg and borrow to pay the costs of seven staff, the lighting, the administration, the transport and even the food for the boys and girls. It is so unfair," she said, adding that she "respected" Harry who visited the unit two months ago.

However, Miguel Head, Sentebale's spokesman at Clarence House, said that 28,000 pounds has been given to LCCU to help it start up.

"This year we still plan to give 38,000 pounds to LCCU and spend another 27,000 pounds on management support and training," he said.

He said the reason behind the delay in Sentebale's fund was because it was not convinced with Muso's initial request for funds to be paid directly into her own bank account.