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Prince Harry Follows in Princess Diana's Footsteps With Minefield Walk

The Princess of Wales visited Angola in 1997

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    Prince Harry Visits Angola, Follows in Mother's Footsteps

    Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, visited Angola on Friday to observe the work being done by The Halo Trust in removing landmines from the country. Harry's mother, Princess Diana, made the same trip 22 years earlier.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 27, 2019)

    Prince Harry is carrying on Princess Diana's legacy.

    The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola on Friday to continue to champion his mother's landmine clearance work.

    The royal worked with representatives from The Halo Trust to help clear the area, which was mined during the Angolan civil war. After receiving a safety briefing and learning more about the work of the de-mining teams, Harry walked through the minefield and remotely detonated a mine to help make the area safer for the local community, wildlife and future eco-tourism.

    The Princess of Wales walked through an active minefield in Huambo, Angola in 1997--just months before her death. Later today, the duke will pay a visit to Huambo and walk along the same street his mother did 22 years ago.

    Diana is often credited with raising awareness for an international treaty against landmines, which was signed shortly after her death. Since then, the once-inhabitable area has transformed into a growing community 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 recognize her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular," a statement from Harry and Meghan Markle's Instagram account read.

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    This wasn't the first time Harry had visited Angola. He also visited the area in 2013. In addition, he spoke about the "vital mission of de-mining Angola and putting it back on the map as a tourist destination" over the summer.

    The visit was part of Harry and Meghan's royal tour of Africa. In addition to his visits to Dirico and Huambo, the royal is expected to attend a reception at the British Ambassador's Residence in Luanda.