All the Ways Prince Harry Continues to Honor Princess Diana’s Legacy
Princess Diana tragically passed away over two decades ago but her son, Prince Harry, has continued to carry on his mom’s legacy and follow in her footsteps by taking up causes that were always near and dear to her heart.
The prince has also honored his late mother in some other ways you may not have even picked up on. Here is how Harry has paid tribute to the Princess of Wales.
With the engagement ring he gave Meghan Markle
We know that Prince William gave Kate Middleton his mother’s sapphire engagement ring when he proposed to the duchess but Harry also had some of his mom’s jewels to choose from for his proposal.
When he asked Meghan to marry him, he gave her a ring designed with two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.
He told BBC that he did so “to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.” Markle added, “It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.”
On his wedding day
Harry made sure that his mother was honored in several ways on his wedding day.
For Markle’s bridal bouquet, Harry specially picked some of the flowers including forget-me-nots which were Diana’s favorite. “Prince Harry handpicked several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock,” a statement from the palace read.
In addition, the hymn “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer” was played during the mass. It’s the same hymn that was sung at Diana’s funeral.
The late princess’ presence was also felt with her family in attendance and when her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, gave a reading.
Work on AIDS initiative with Elton John
Princess Diana had used her royal influence and platform to try and break the stigma surrounding AIDS. Therefore, one of the ways Harry is carrying on his mother’s legacy is through his work with HIV and AIDS initiatives like the one founded by her close friend, Sir Elton John.
The Duke of Sussex joined forces with the legendary musician for the launch of the MenStar Coalition, which is a global partnership focused on researching and halting male transmission of HIV infections. The goal of MenStar is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
With his Sentebale charity
Another charity the prince started to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS is Sentebale.
He and Prince Seeiso started the charity in 2006. Sentebale helps children in Africa who are victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Harry also encourages others to get tested and has publicly been tested himself just as his mother did years ago.
As patron of the HALO Trust
The Princess of Wales also raised global awareness for landmine victims when she walked through a minefield in Angola a few months before her death in 1997.
Harry later became the patron of The HALO Trust, which according to its website is the “world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization.” By 2017, the organization had destroyed more than 92,000 landmines and 800 minefields in Angola.