Prince Harry retraced his mother Princess Diana’s footsteps today by walking through a minefield in Angola.
Back in 1997, Harry’s mother famously walked through a partially-cleared minefield to shed light on her campaign to outlaw landmines.
Over 20 years later, the Prince followed in his mother’s footsteps as he 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 The Halo Trust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community.
The Duke follows in his mother Princess Diana’s footsteps as he dons body armour to recreate her famous walk through a partially-cleared minefield in Angola after 22 years. pic.twitter.com/dv5n7d0klm
— The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@PHarry_Meghan) September 27, 2019
Harry was “humbled” to visit 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 The Halo Trust, 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.
Speaking in Angola, the Duke of Sussex has called for an international effort to clear remaining landmines from the Okavango watershed to “help this community find peace” pic.twitter.com/dKWb85clp3
— PA Media (@PA) September 27, 2019