Princess Diana walked the Angola landmine field 22 years before Prince Harry.
This is the fifth day of Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s royal tour of Africa. The 35 year old new dad took the opportunity to visit a HALO Trust mine outside Dirico in Angola.
He talked about the benefits of de-mining with the community members. He also detonated a mine remotely. The Prince also talked about the benefits of clearing landmines for humanitarian reasons.
Prince Harry said his experience “showed me the importance of landmine clearance within a humanitarian emergency because, let’s not forget, landmines are a humanitarian issue — not a political one.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s private secretary Samantha Cohen talked to reporters before the Africa tour. She said, “Photographs of the late Princess Diana visiting a de-mining site and meeting mine victims became iconic and powerful images in support of her campaign to create a global mine ban — which came to fruition in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention that same year. On arrival, His Royal Highness will be met by the Governor of Huambo, Joana Lina, who was also the official host for the late Princess Diana’s visit.”
Princess Diana walked the same walk 22 years ago in Huambo. She also wore the same protective clothing and a visor. She also met with landmine survivors at the time to raise awareness about the benefits of de-mining.
Later on in the tour, Prince Harry will be visiting the same site his mother walked. The site is now home to a small community of people, and also has schools, businesses and colleges.
Prince Harry unveiled a plaque to mark the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project at the site of the de-mining.
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