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Prince William and Prince Harry are the patrons of the new Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund.

The two princes attended a reception earlier this week to formally launch the charity founded in honor of former school friend Henry van Straubenzee, who died in a car crash in 2002.

“Having lost someone so close in similar circumstances, Harry and I understand how important it is to keep their memory alive, there’s no finer way than that Alex and Claire [Henry’s parents] have chosen,” said William at the function, held at The Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court, London. “This is the first charity of which we have both been patrons and it couldn’t have been a better one, as Henry was such a very close friend of ours and because we believe so strongly in the need to alleviate poverty and assist development in African countries.”

The memorial fund intends to equip schools in Uganda with much-needed facilities, and Bupadhengo Primary School in Uganda is the first recipient of help because 18-year-old Henry Van Straubenzee had planned to spend part of his gap year teaching there.

More information about the brand new charity can be found here.

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