Prince Harry visits the cell Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in

August 4th, 2008 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Aug 4 (ANI): Prince Harry, 23, and his Army colleagues made a trip to the cell where Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned for 18 years.

Harry made the humbling trip to mark the end of their training in South Africa.

It sends a shiver down your spine, British tabloid The Sun quoted him as saying.

Harry had taken 26 comrades from Cape Town to ex-leper colony Robben Island to see the 7ft by 8ft room holding a straw bed, worn blankets, and tiny window.

The three-and-a-half-hour trip included a talk on brutal jail life by an ex-political prisoner.

Harry has read Mandelas autobiography and idolises him. He thought it a very good thing for the men to experience and later spent a moment in quiet reflection, an Army colleague said.

The Prince and his pals also got to see the quarries where the anti-apartheid leader did hard labour after being jailed in 1964.

He and the group were also photographed at a school for Aids orphans, which they built in honour of late mum Princess Diana.

They will fly home later this week.

Mandela, now 90, was moved to a mainland jail in 1982 and freed in 1990. (ANI)

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