Britain's Prince Harry presented retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu with one of the British crown's highest awards on Monday — the Order of the Companions of Honour. The two then discussed charity work and community development over tea in South Africa.
Harry, who last week was in Lesotho to open a children's center, visited Tutu at his foundation's offices in Cape Town and learned about the Nobel Peace Prize winner's work in promoting human rights and helping young people get jobs.
Tutu thanked Harry for his work in Lesotho, saying he was "touched" by the prince's commitment to a country where Tutu once served as bishop.
Tutu won the Nobel Prize in 1984 for his campaign to end apartheid. South Africa's system of white minority rule ended with the country's first all-race elections in 1994.
Last week, Harry opened the children's center, naming the buildings after the two most important women in his life — his mother and his nanny. The center's dining hall is named after the prince's late mother Princess Diana. The welcome block, in part designed by Harry, is named after his late nanny, Olga Powell.
Pink wants to see needy kids thrive
Pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during a recent visit to Haiti as a part of a UNICEF program to provide therapeutic food packets to children in need. The singer, whose given name is Alecia Moore, was named a UNICEF Ambassador Monday to help promote a new effort to encourage physical activity in young children in the United States and at the same time raise money for nutritional, vitamin-rich peanut paste to be delivered to malnourished children all over the world. Moore, who has a 4-year-old daughter with her husband, Carey Hart, said the trip to Haiti strengthened her passion for UNICEF's project. She visited Port-au-Prince last summer, where she saw children who came back from the brink of starvation because of these food packets.
second show: The Dixie Chicks are doubling their State Fair fun this summer by adding a second grandstand show at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The Grammy-winning country trio is tacking on an Aug. 28 show to the previously announced performance a day earlier as part of a world tour. One other grandstand date that has been filled so far: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on Aug. 31. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks and months for the fair, which runs from Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Paul Walsh, News Services