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Prince Harry Will Honor Princess Diana's Humanitarian Legacy on a "Particularly Significant" Visit to Angola

The Duke of Sussex will follow in his late mother's footsteps on his upcoming trip to the country.
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Prince Harry will honor his late mother's legacy during his trip to Africa later this month, visiting the same spot in Angola where she notoriously walked through a minefield in 1997.

A spokeswoman for the prince described the upcoming visit as "a particularly significant and poignant journey" as new details of the Sussex's trip to Africa were revealed today.

Harry will travel alone to Angola on Thursday, September 26, which is day four of the 10-day family trip, while Meghan remains in Cape Town with Archie.

He will spend the night at a de-mining camp run by U.K. charity HALO Trust whose work Princess Diana championed more than 20 years ago. The following day he will visit a working de-mining field outside Dirco, southeastern Angola, where he will remotely detonate a mine.

Perhaps the most iconic moment, however, will come later that day when Harry will travel to Huambo to visit the location where Diana was photographed in January of 1997. The photographs that were taken just a few months before her death propelled her desire to create a global mine ban into the spotlight.

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Princess Diana visits with Sandra Tigica 13, at the orthopedic center in Angola
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Harry will be accompanied by the Governor of Huambo, Joana Lina, who was also the official host for Diana's visit. They will then travel to the orthopedic center Diana also visited which has recently been renovated and Harry will unveil the new center's name which is in honor of his mother.

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"The work of the late Princess, and commitment to this issue, changed global opinion," a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, adding, "Now, more than two decades later, humanitarian de-mining work continues and the Angolan Government has made a significant financial commitment to clearing landmines from another large area important for conservation of Angola’s unique ecosystem."

As part of his visit, Harry will launch this new project which is operated by the HALO Trust. In July, Harry delivered a speech at the Chatham House Africa Programme Event where he said, "I was told just the other day of the positive transformation in Huambo since my mother walked that minefield all those years ago."

The prince previously privately visited Angola in 2013 to see the work of the HALO Trust. 

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

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

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