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Prince Harry is Honoring Princess Diana's Work Against Landmines in Angola

Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa on September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019 - 13:00 / Sarah Schulz

Prince Harry is continuing on his mother's legacy in Angola as he works with The HALO Trust charity to remove deadly debris of war, just as Princess Diana did many years ago. 

Prince Harry is on the solo part of his tour of Africa right now and on Friday September 27th, he visited Angola with The HALO Trust, which is a pioneering charity that specializes in the removal of deadly debris of war. This particular engagement is very special to Harry as his mother, also visited Angola in 1997 and helped to raise awareness for landmine victims and survivors as well as to try to bring about a treaty to ban the weapons. 

Princess Diana Visited Angola in 1997

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"If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren." – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother's steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. 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. Princess Diana's visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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Prince Harry visited the area to see what has been achieved and also what still needs to be done to de-mine the vast areas. Prince Harry has been against landmines for a long time now, even saying during a speech earlier this year in London that "landmines are a humanitarian issue - not a political one." 

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Following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, this morning The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. The Duke joined @thehalotrust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community. • "If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren." – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother's steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. 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. Princess Diana's visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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There is now a treaty in place

Princess Diana's visit in 1997 helped to change the course of history. Today, Angola now has a stated aim under the Ottawa Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. According to the Sussex Official Instagram, "60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day." Prince Harry's continued effort and work on this issue is only continuing on his mother's legacy and we couldn't be more proud of him. 

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In Angola today The Duke of Sussex has sought to continue his mother's legacy and highlight the ongoing threat of landmines, 22 years after The Princess of Wales did the same. The Duke joined @thehalotrust on an ex-artillery base near Dirico and as they worked to clear the area for the local community. The Duke also took time today to welcome the Luengue-Luiana National Park as the newest member of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy – Her Majesty's (@theroyalfamily) campaign to protect forests and plant millions of trees across the globe. These forests in Angola will help protect an ancient elephant migration route, and hopefully encourage the animals back to the region. The Duke has been involved in QCC projects in the UK, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Australia, Botswana, and Tonga, and firmly believes that protecting and planting trees is vital to look after the earth's eco-system. #RoyalVisitAngola Video © SussexRoyal

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