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Prince Harry Follows in Diana’s Footsteps Through Minefield in Angola

MADRID – The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry has retraced his mother Princess Diana’s visit to Angola by walking through a partially cleared minefield.

The Duke of Sussex saw the legacy of his mother’s efforts to fight against landmines on Friday.

He donned body armor and a protective visor in a visit to an old minefield near the town of Dirico, in the southeast province of Cuando Cubango.

Diana Princess of Wales brought global attention to the landmine crisis when she visited the area in 1997.

Images of her walking with a helmet and a vest from The Halo Trust through fields that were being cleared by the organization went around the world a few months before her death in a traffic accident in Paris.

“The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular,” a statement on the Sussex Royal Instagram account said.

A photograph of Diana in Angola was posted on the account followed by an image of Harry on his visit 22 years later.

“Two decades after Diana’s visit, the area has transformed from desolate and uninhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses;” Sussex Royal Instagram account said.

The Halo Trust works to eliminate landmines planted during the civil war that gripped Angola between 1975 and 2002.

The organization, which estimates to have deactivated around 100,000 mines in the country over more than 30 years of work, was supported by Diana in the 1990s to call international attention to the harmful effects of these explosives.

Harry was also due 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.

He is currently on a royal tour of Africa with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie, who are both currently in South Africa.

The Duke visited Botswana earlier this week and is due to travel to Malawi.

The whole family is scheduled to return to the UK on Wednesday from Johannesburg, which will be the last stop of the trip.

 

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