JOHANNESBURG/LUANDA – Prince Harry will pay a special tribute to his mother Princess Diana during his trip to Angola.
Harry visited Botswana to support conservation projects and is also due to travel to Angola and Malawi during a royal tour of Africa.
His wife Meghan Markle and baby Archie stayed in South Africa during the family’s first public trip with their son.
Harry planted trees in the Chobe National Park, north Botswana, with about 200 children from primary schools in the area.
He will travel to Angola, where he will pay a special tribute to his mother, the late Princess Diana of Wales, and her efforts to fight against landmines.
Harry will arrive in the capital Luanda, and on Friday will visit a former minefield in the town of Dirico, in the southeast province of Cuando Cubango, where the organization The Halo Trust works to eliminate landmines planted during the civil war that gripped Angola between 1975 and 2002.
The Halo Trust, which estimates to have deactivated around 100,000 mines over more than 30 years of work, was supported by Diana in the 1990s, who called international attention to the harmful effects of these explosives.
Images of Diana walking with a helmet and a vest through fields in Angola that were being cleared by the organization went around the world in 1997, a few months before her death in a car accident in Paris.
Harry will go to the province of Huambo, where he will follow in his mother’s footsteps in what is now a community free from the danger of mines.
He is set to visit a local orthopedic center responsible for manufacturing prostheses and offering physical rehabilitation to mine victims, which will be renamed “Princess Diana” in honor of his mother’s humanitarian work.
Harry will also go to see a tree planted by his mother when she was in Huambo.
The Duke is set to view conservation initiatives in the Okavango river basin that same day and is due to meet the country’s president João Lourenço on Saturday.
He will then travel to Malawi, where he plans to meet the president Peter Mutharika, before returning to South Africa where he will meet his wife and son.
It is the first official trip that Harry and Meghan have made together since Archie’s birth in May.
The tour began on Monday in the South African city of Cape Town and the whole family is scheduled to return to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
Africa occupies a special place in the couple’s history, since Botswana was where they took their first trip together when they began their public relationship in 2016.