Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set their sights on building Botswana hideaway home

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, smiles during a visit to Nalikule College of Education in Malawi – and dreams of building a house in Botswana (Image: Getty Images)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hoping to build a home in Botswana, it has been claimed.

They fell in love there while “camped out under the stars” when they began dating in 2017.

Harry, 35, visited the African country last month and is thought to have started the search for their dream property.

A source said: “They would love to build a traditional bush lodge, constructed by locals, bringing work and trade to the land.

“There has also been talk of a local school being built as well.

The royal couple are thought to have begun a search for an African property (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

“Most importantly they want somewhere where they have complete privacy and will not be disturbed.”

Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable nations.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi is understood to have given plans his blessing.

The official language is English but sources say Harry and Meghan – parents to five-month-old Archie – are learning Setswana.

Prince Harry says Botswana is a healing and beautiful place (Image: Getty Images)

“Harry loves the idea of Archie spending a lot of his childhood in the country as it has been such a healing and beautiful place for him,” said the source.

Harry he first fell in love with Botswana when he went soon after his mum died in 1997.

He previously said: “This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.”

Prince Harry ’s favourite bolthole is said to be Meno A Kwena, a remote bush camp on the western edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans national park.

Meghan’s engagement ring includes a Botswana diamond and two smaller ones from Diana’s collection.