Prince Harry visits Nepal earthquake survivors, damage sites to 'shine a spotlight'

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By Embry Roberts

Prince Harry is brining some royal attention to the thousands of families displaced by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

The 31-year-old prince, as part of a five-day visit to the South Asian nation, visited U.K.-funded earthquake relief operations and refugee camps in Nepal on Sunday — a little less than a year after the natural disaster killed more than 8,000 people and injured another 21,000.

Prince Harry visits Nepalese families displaced by the 2015 earthquakes at a makeshift camp in Bhaktapur on March 20, 2016.NAVESH CHITRAKAR / AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry smiles for a photo with families displaced by the 2015 earthquake on March 20, 2016 near Kathmandu, Nepal.Paul Edwards / Pool/Getty Images

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Harry was given a tour of the Byasi Earthquake camp in Bhaktapur by 15-year-old Purushottam Suwal (Suwal is chairman of the site's management committee). Byasi houses 259 people who were displaced during the disaster.

Prince Harry is shown around by 15-year-old Purushottam Suwal, chair person of the Buyansi Camp.Paul Edwards / Pool/Getty Images
Prince Harry visits Nepalese families displaced by the 2015 earthquakes at a makeshift camp in Bhaktapur on March 20, 2016.NAVESH CHITRAKAR / AFP/Getty Images

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"I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resolve and resilience of the Nepalese people," said Prince Harry at a reception held by the Nepalese government, the BBC reports.

"I want to show all those people around the world who want to help that this is a country open for business — so please come and visit again."

Prince Harry visiting Durbar Square during the second day of his tour of Nepal on March 20, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.Paul Edwards / Pool/Getty Images

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On Saturday, Prince Harry’s trip included visits to the Golden Temple (a famous site of Buddhist worship), and the ancient royal palace at Kathmandu's Patan Durbar Square. While at the ancient royal palace, Harry met with artisans working to restore the palace, and even took a turn trying to restore ornate wood carving.

Prince Harry enters Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, know locally as the Golden Temple, during the second day of his tour of Nepal on March 20, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.Ben Birchall / Pool/Getty Images

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Since leaving his full-time job with the British army last June, Prince Harry has done quite a bit of international travel, including a visit to U.S. veterans with Michelle Obama and a stint in Africa to raise awareness on the harmful effects of the poaching industry.