April 25, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Prince Harry Visits Mandela’s Cell

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Prince Harry visited the prison where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 years imprisoned.

Harry went with his Household Cavalry Regiment colleagues to Robben Island, and spent three hours there. The Prince has been a longtime fan of the anti-apartheid leader.

“Harry has read Mandela’s autobiography and idolises him,” an Army colleague said.

“He thought it a very good thing for the men to experience and later spent a moment in quiet reflection.”

The 23-year-old Prince was visibly moved by the trip to South Africa’s Robben Island, saying as he stood in the seven foot by eight foot room that it “sent a shiver” down his spine.

Harry also listened to a talk on life in the prison by a former inmate and visited the quarry where Mandela once laboured.

The visit to the prison marked the end of a tour of Africa for Harry and his colleagues. The trip included a stop in Lesotho to work on a special needs school, which is supported by Harry’s Sentebale charity -a charity he set up in memory of his mother, Diana Princess of Wales.

Afterwards, the Regiment went on spend two weeks on an expedition across Botswana and Namibia, sleeping rough by their Land Rovers.

Before making the visit to Robben’s Island, Harry went bungee jumping – off the 700 foot high Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa, one of the main attractions for bungee jumpers.