Bob Marley’s father was a 60-year-old scouse soldier who got icon’s mum pregnant at 16
Thirty-one years after the reggae legend’s death, the royal met Bob’s family during a trip to the Caribbean island earlier this year.
Bob, who died in 1981 aged just 36, is the subject of a brutally honest and brilliant new Hollywood documentary, Marley.
It explores Robert Nesta Marley’s extraordinary rise to fame as well as his equally fascinating private life.
The music icon’s wife Rita, 66, has bared her soul in the film, alongside all the people who knew him best. She met Harry when he visited last month and sensed he had a similar “rebel” spirit to her late husband.
Speaking a stone’s throw from where the Rastafarian star grew up in Trench Town in capital Kingston, she smiled: “Prince Harry embodies the spirit of Bob Marley.
“The Prince was engaging, he was warm. He had real spirit. He was a charming young man. He’s a militant.
“I see that military side to him. But as we would call him, or Bob would say, he seemed to be a rebel too.”
Rita met music fan Harry during his tour of the country. And she said he was full of questions about her husband’s legacy.
She said: “He was asking me about the music, asking me about Bob Marley. He said he was a fan.
“He said to me we need to have another Bob Marley. I was reassuring him, telling him that the Marleys were still winning Grammys.
“His sons Stephen, Ziggy and Damian are doing a lot. They are right up there. Ky-mani and Julian too. “And then their kids are coming. All of them are playing drums or doing something musical.
“The tradition is living on. We are not forcing it, it’s a natural thing.”
And his appetite for female company is explained in a way you least expect from a Hollywood production, especially considering family members were given executive producer titles.