Prince Harry is determined to keep the legacy of his late mother alive.
The 35-year-old arrived in South Africa with his wife Meghan Markle, 38, and their 4-month-old son Archie for the first day of their official 10-day tour.
In 1997, Princess Diana visited Angola. During her tour, she raised awareness about the damage done by landmines to people and livelihoods and campaigned for these to be outlawed.
Now, almost 30 years later, her son Prince Harry to carry the legacy of his late mother forward in the same country.
35-year-old Prince Harry followed his mother’s footsteps when he visited the Huambo Orthopedic Center in Angola. Princess Diana of Wales had also toured the same hospital in 1997. He will be the main guest during the opening ceremony of the hospital that has been named in his mother’s honor after a revamp.
A palace source told the Daily Mail, “This is all about wanting to fulfill his mother’s legacy,” a source close to the palace told the outlet. “This tour will see the Duke and Duchess go back to basics, using their profile in the right way to highlight causes they are both passionate about.”
According to Samantha Cohen, Prince Harry’s private secretary, “In a particularly significant and poignant journey, the Duke of Sussex will have the opportunity to return to Angola to see first-hand the legacy of his mother the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose visit to Huambo in 1997 helped raise awareness of the threat posed by land mines to communities and livelihoods.
The work of the late princess and commitment to this issue changed global opinion.”
She added, “Now, more than two decades later, humanitarian de-mining work continues and the Angolan government has made a significant financial commitment to clearing land mines from another large area important for the conservation of Angola’s unique ecosystem.”
On September 30, 2019, Prince Harry will also pay tribute to a British soldier who was killed by an elephant during an anti-poaching operation there. The aim is to focus attention on efforts to protect endangered animals and the environment.
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