Prince Harry To Honor Princess Diana During Africa Trip In This Dynamic Way

Portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon in London.
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Prince Harry will honor his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, during his Africa trip in this dynamic way. He will be paying homage to a cause close to her heart in the months prior to her untimely death in August 1997.

The Daily Express reported that Prince Harry will visit the very spot his mother walked through in Huambo, where he will see the results of the work the late princess undertook to rid the country of land mines.

The news and entertainment site reported that the prince will remote-detonate a land mine himself. He will then visit the exact spot in Huambo where the famous photograph of Diana was taken in January 1997, months before she was killed in a car accident in Paris, France, alongside her friend Dodi Fayed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Also killed was the car’s driver, Henri Paul.

After her divorce from Prince Charles was made official, Princess Diana struggled to find causes that would speak to her heart and allow her to do more fulfilling work than she was able to while under the rule of Buckingham Palace. She found those causes in AIDS research and advocating against land mines.

In this handout image provided by The HALO Trust, Prince Harry is seen with a deminer from The HALO Trust.
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One of the most iconic photos of the late princess came when she stepped out into an active minefield to learn how de-miners clear away explosives. The pictures helped educate people on the issue and drastically altered public perception of the use of antipersonnel land mines. The weapons were used for decades before ultimately being banned in 1997, but not before innocent people were maimed or worse, killed, by accidentally stepping on one.

The Daily Express reported that the area Prince Harry will visit looks dramatically different from the place where Princess Diana dangerously walked to observe the horrors of active land mines to highlight the work done by The HALO Trust. The news site noted that the dirt field is now a city street filled with businesses, schools, and homes. Prince Harry made a trip with the same organization in Mozambique in 2010.

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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 /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will begin their journey to Africa, with their first stop in Cape Town, South Africa, beginning Monday, September 23. The prince will reportedly then tour Botswana, Angola, and Malawi alone. Botswana was where he famously took a trip with Markle when they were dating, and they fell in love while camping out under the stars.

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Harpers Bazaar reported that for her part, Markle will meet with female leaders and academics as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The Inquisitr recently reported that the late Princess of Wales’ death anniversary has helped to reportedly heal claims of a rift between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, who have seen their once-close relationship deteriorate since Harry’s marriage to Markle in May 2018.