The Prince, who was 18 a few weeks ago, has visited hospital patients and the homeless, as well as working on two other schemes involving young offenders and health improvements in the Third World.
Prince Harry took the decision to do something that would evoke fond memories of Diana, Princess of Wales after media coverage of the fifth anniversary of his mother's death was dominated by tasteless "revelations" about her private life rather than her tireless work for charities.
The Prince of Wales has encouraged his younger son to highlight the Princess's work and, according to aides, has provided "the mechanism" to enable Prince Harry to mark his 18th birthday in a positive way.
Senior officials at St James's Palace, where the Prince has his private office, have been asked to help organise Prince Harry's itinerary for each upcoming week. He joined Prince Charles / as the Queen's representative / at St Paul's Cathedral for a service to mark the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America.
Afterwards Prince Harry met the relatives of Britons who died in New York and Washington a year ago: a move that will inevitably lead to him being seen as the "Prince of Hearts".
Later in the week Prince Harry visited Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children in central London. In 1996, when the Princess of Wales gave up all but six of her charity roles, she remained the president of the hospital.
Two years earlier, in 1994, she had broken her self/imposed withdrawal from public life to open new wards at the hospital. The Princess also retained her links with Centrepoint, the London charity for the homeless. Prince Harry intends to work with the homeless this week, although he is expected to link up with a different London/based charity.
The senior aide to Prince Charles said: "For more than a year now, it has bothered Harry that, in such a short time, many people seem to have forgotten about his mother's charity work.
The aide to Prince Charles said: "Prince Harry has said, 'I want to do something that evokes memories of mummy's charity work'. Harry, more than William, wears his heart on his sleeve and has been very upset by some of the recent media coverage about his mother."
The aide added: "He wants to do something that is tough, cutting/edge and challenging. A lot of people look at Prince William and compare him in looks to his mother but, in reality, it is Harry who is more like his mother in many ways.
Like his father, Prince William's future role is clearly defined but Harry, like his mother, needs to find a pathway for himself that is fulfilling and makes a contribution to society.
"Harry is his mother's son and he wants to carry on his mother's mantle. His mission is to remind people of some of the good things that she did and how she took on 'lost' causes that other people wanted nothing to do with."
Prince Harry is aware, however, that it would be inappropriate to take on identical roles to his late mother who, until 1996, was patron or president of more than 100 charities.
The Princess was, perhaps, best/known for her links to the campaign for the abolition of landmines and her work with Aids and leprosy sufferers.
Because of school commitments in his final year at Eton, Prince Harry's commitment to charity work will be sporadic over the coming months.
He will not, for the moment at least, become patron or president of charities that his mother supported.
However he, along with Prince William, is, likely to attend a charity dinner at St James's Palace in November to raise money for people with HIV and Aids.
Prince Charles is hosting the dinner for the Terrence Higgins Trust Lighthouse, the charity formed from the merger of two Aids charities, London Lighthouse and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
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