The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a solemn picture of Prince Harry on Instagram.
Just one day after the world was in awe over how much their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, took after Harry in looks, the Prince shared a photo that is now being compared to his late mother, Princess Diana.
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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
In 1997, Princess Diana traveled to a minefield in Angola. The trip was dubbed controversial because some saw the de-mining of minefields a political issue rather than a humanitarian one. And, as a result, Diana was labeled a “loose cannon,” People reports.
But her advocacy did a lot of good. According to People, being seen in the minefield raised “awareness for landmine victims and survivors” and helped “bring about a treaty to ban the weapons.” A reporter from the BBC, who followed Diana to the minefield in 1997, told People this is how Diana reacted to her critics:
“She said, ‘Jennie, I’m only trying to help. I’m a humanitarian.'”
Now, 22 years later, Prince Harry retraced his mother’s step at the very same minefield on September 27.
Also, like his mother, Harry visited Dirico as a guest of “The Halo Trust” project, which “works to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community.” His official Instagram page writes:
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.
And in a video shared to the Instagram page, Harry admitted that it is emotional to be where his late mother once stood 22 years ago and seeing the progress that her advocacy helped create.
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“It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother… If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield. To see this as a thriving community is amazing.” – The Duke of Sussex Above, some words from The Duke of Sussex as he spoke candidly today about his experience retracing his mother’s visit to Angola in 1997. He was able to see firsthand more of the legacy she left on the world. Princess Diana brought global attention to the issue of landmines and helped change the future for this community in Huambo, and many more like it. This afternoon, 22 years later, The Duke was able to walk the same path, but now rather than walking amongst mines, he was able to walk among a bustling community with schools, colleges and small businesses. Earlier today The Duke joined @thehalotrust to once again highlight the issue of landmines that still threatens more than 60 million people worldwide. #RoyalVisitAngola Video © SussexRoyal
“It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother… If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield. To see this as a thriving community is amazing.”