Heritage

Prince Harry Follows in Princess Diana's Footsteps, By Visiting a Minefield in Angola

"Landmines are an unhealed scar of war," he said. "By clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity."
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES
Comments

Prince Harry is continuing his mother's legacy in Angola today, and furthering her groundbreaking work in the fight to eradicate landmines.

This morning, he visited a de-mining camp in Dirico and walked the grounds to see the work of the landmine clearance charity The HALO Trust.

"Landmines are an unhealed scar of war," he said in a speech at the site. "By clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Angola during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity The HALO Trust.
Photo by POOL/SAMIR HUSSEIN / GETTY IMAGES.

Later today, the Duke of Sussex will retrace Princess Diana's steps more pointedly, returning to the exact area she visited in 1997, an event which was described as "a particularly significant and poignant journey" by a spokesperson for the Prince. But he won't be able to replicate the now-iconic images of his mother. The minefield where Diana walked more than two decades ago is now a paved road with buildings on either side, where people are able to walk safely without fear of an explosion.

Real progress has been made over the past 22 years, but there's still much to do, and Prince Harry has put his support behind The HALO Trust's 2025 deadline to fully eradicate landmines around the world.

"[Twenty years ago], the attention my mother brought to this issue wasn’t universally popular; some believed she had stepped over the line into the arena of political campaigning-but for her this wasn't about politics; it was about people,” Harry said in a speech at Kensington Palace in 2017.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

“There is no question that a huge amount has been achieved in the last 20 years...But in marking how far we have come, we must also acknowledge that there is much more which needs to be done to fulfill the commitments of the Ottawa treaty."

(For those unfamiliar, the countries which signed the Ottawa treaty, which is also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, "made a commitment to complete mine clearance by 2025." More on that here.)

Princess Diana in Angola in 1997
Photo by ANWAR HUSSEIN COLLECTION / GETTY IMAGES.
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Paul Heslop, who accompanied Diana in Angola with HALO Trust back in 1997, and now serves as the Chief of Programme Planning and Management section of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)previously told Town & Country that he thinks Harry's continued involvement in the cause is "fantastic."

"I think the fact that Diana was involved intimidated a few people. That’s part of the downside—people didn’t want to be seen as stealing Diana’s thunder, but the one person that can’t be accused of that is her son," Heslop said in a 2017 interview.

"Harry’s a former soldier; he’s flown in helicopters; he’s been in Afghanistan and served; he’s seen how lethal these mines are. He works very closely with injured servicemen, people who have had amputations. I think of the royals who really understand the issue, [and] I think Harry is a fantastic choice."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

<>*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Caroline Hallemann
View Other Articles From Caroline Hallemann
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
For starters, good quality and design are aspects they will appreciate.
 
Share
The first-ever Filipino Netflix movie imparts nuggets of wisdom to the social media-crazed generation.
 
Share
 
Share
Because the holiday season isn't complete without a movie marathon.
 
Share
Looking to grow your own vintage watch collection? Start with these classic picks.
 
Share
 
Share
Her portrayal of a masked mercenary in this month’s Rise of Skywalker is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Keri Russell prepares for the big reveal at a brownstone in Brooklyn, a galaxy far, far away.
 
Share
Take a ride on a train through Asia or take a trip to a champagne chalet, the options are endless.
 
Share
Alcohol-free traveling is an emerging trend, but there’s much more to this phenomenon than meets the eye.
 
Share
It comes complete with jewels, corgis, banquets, and etiquette lessons.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US