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Prince Harry hits the beach for a good cause during Africa trip

Prince Harry visited the beach in South Africa to meet with a group of ex-street kids-turned-surfers after playing rugby with a group of disadvantaged youth.
/ Source: TODAY

Prince Harry hit the beach in South Africa on Tuesday in the latest stop in his six-day trip to Africa, but it was for much more than just catching a few rays.

Harry, 31, stopped at Addington Beach in Durban to meet with 12 boys who are part of the "Surfers Not Street Children" project. The organization founded by Tom Hewitt looks to help homeless children use their love of surfing to become independent adults who will inspire other children while also learning life skills and healing from past experiences.

Harry didn't join them in the ocean, instead watching from the beach in a button-down shirt and jeans, but spoke with the boys about their lives and their love of surfing, which Harry has dabbled in.

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Prince Harry plays tag rugby with children at Kings Park Stadium as he joins members of The Sharks rugby team on the pitch during a training and skills sessions with coaches and young players as part of his visit to South Africa.Pool via Getty Images

Earlier in the day, he was involved in one of his favorite sports, meeting with the famous Sharks Rugby club in Durban to play some tag rugby with children in the club's grassroots program. He took part in a practice and skill session with the young players, who are part of a program that teaches the game to kids of disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Sports have been a constant theme in Harry's six-day trip. He was on a soccer field Monday when meeting with kids in the impoverished area of Khayelitsha at the Football for Hope Centre, which uses soccer to help raise kids' awareness of issues like HIV/AIDs and gender equality while teaching them life skills.

Prince Harry poses with children during a visit to a Football for Hope session with Grassroots Soccer in Khayelitsha on Monday in Cape Town, South Africa.Getty Images
Prince Harry shares a laugh with a young girl at the "Football for Hope Centre" in Khayelitsha.AFP - Getty Images
Prince Harry looks on during a visit to a Football for Hope session with grassroots soccer.Getty Images

Later on Tuesday, he is expected to travel to Kruger National Park to bring awareness to anti-poaching efforts.

Before the soccer, rugby and surfing, Harry played some polo on Saturday, where he took a few tumbles before getting back into the game. The match for the Sentebale charity raises money every year to benefit children suffering from HIV and AIDS. On Nov. 26, he attended the opening of the Mamohato Children's Centre at Thaba Bosiu in Lesotho.

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