Prince Harry launched his own charity yesterday in memory of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, to help children orphaned by Aids in Lesotho.

Prince Harry with children of the Mants'ase children's home - scroll to the bottom of the page for more images of the Prince's visit to Lesotho

"Sentebale", which means "Forget me not", was started by the 21-year-old royal to tackle the plight of youngsters in the disease-stricken southern African country.

The name - chosen by the Prince - is a poignant tribute to his late mother, who was killed in a car crash nearly nine years ago, and points to Harry's drive to ensure both the Princess and the children of Lesotho are never forgotten.

The new organisation, which will be run by Clarence House, is the next major step in the Prince's pledge to continue Diana's legacy in the fight against Aids.

Harry returned to the impoverished kingdom this week to launch Sentebale and visited the Mants'ase Children's Home near Mohale's Hoek to which he travelled two years ago on his first trip to Lesotho.

He was reunited with Mutsu Potsane - the little Aids orphan he became so fond of during his stay.

Pulling faces and playing with the youngster, Harry showed he had his mother's touch as he cuddled him on his lap.

He pretended to throw Mutsu over his shoulder and lifted him off the ground, dangling him by his outstretched arms.

The Prince also travelled to the remote rural village of Nokong, high in the rugged foothills of the Maluti mountains, to see the maize being produced by a crop-sharing project, which is helping to feed vulnerable children.

The Prince vowed to be committed to his new charity for life and described the massive impact his late mother, a champion of Aids victims, had on his decision to set up the organisation.

He co-founded the charity with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso whose own mother Queen Mamohato - a much-loved figure in the country - died in 2003.

Harry revealed: "Sentebale does mean 'forget me not' and it's a way that both me and Prince Seeiso can relate to our mothers, who were both in sort of the same jobs working with orphaned children."

He added: "We thought about a lot of names, a lot of them. I asked Seeiso to find one in Sesotho (the Lesotho language). He came up with this one and it just stood out."

On how much of an inspiration Diana had been to Sentebale, the Prince revealed: "Massively. Mine, as well as Seeiso's mother. Both our mothers were hugely connected with Aids, especially the orphaned children from that itself.

"As I said last year or two years ago, I wanted to carry on as best I could what she started and what better place than to do it than here?

"I'm sure she knew this place, but I'm trying to start something slightly new. "This particular charity, rather than aiming directly at Aids itself, it's (about) the knock (on) effect on the children so we can actually help the kids. Most other charities are concentrating on other areas."

Asked if he thought Diana would be proud, he said with a smile: "I hope so."