Last week, the world marked 22 years since Princess Diana passed away after a car crash in Paris. Today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a throwback picture of his mother during her African tour while announcing their upcoming tour of Africa.
In the poignant image, Diana stood between two men who used crutches to stand because they lost their legs as victims of landmine attacks, according to a report from Africa News. The people’s princess wore a sleeveless blue button-down shirt with a Red Cross patch on it. Khaki capris and matching slip-on shoes completed her attire. Perhaps most striking in the photo was the beautiful smile the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry had.
According to a Channel 24 report, Diana held her work in Africa near and dear to her heart. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she worked hard to erase the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS, which is still the leading cause of death in Botswana and Malawi. Before her death in 1997, the princess visited Angola and stepped into a cleared minefield, and she also met with the late Nelson Mandela in Cape Town. Her visit to Huambo helped raise awareness of the threat of the landmines in the region, and her work helped shed light on the plight of those who were maimed by the military hazard, which is now outlawed.
Unfortunately, according to The Telegraph, Diana, Princess of Whales passed away before seeing the fruits of her labor in Africa. A few months after he death in Paris on August 31, 1997, an international treaty banned the use of landmines.
“The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines.”
Harry plans to visit Angola, Malawi, and Botswana by himself, and he will follow in the footsteps of his late mother during her 1997 African tour.
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! ???????????????????????????????? • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries ???????????????????????????????? • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetworks / @YouthAlert
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex embark on a tour to Africa in just two weeks. The duchess and their baby, Archie, will spend the duration of the trip in South Africa while the duke follows his mother’s journey 22 years after her visit. The family reunites in Johannesburg to finish out their time in the region, which runs from September 23 through October 2.
Their time in Africa will focus on “community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and the environment.”