Prince Harry Mentions Princess Diana During His Speech About Clearing Land Mines

Princess Diana spoke out about many issues during her time. One of them was being against land mines and an advocate of clearing them.

Her sons have since taken on different causes and partnering with charities. Prince Harry has honored his mother’s legacy by making land mine clearing one of the things he will speak about publicly. Find out how he mentioned his mother in his latest speech and more.

Princess Diana walked on a minefield in 1997

Princess Diana was vocal about many causes, but one of her most iconic moments was how she spoke up about minefield clearance. She walked on a minefield back in January 1997 while visiting Angola.

There couldn’t be a more appropriate place to begin this campaign than Angola,” she told the press according to PRI. This is “because this nation has the highest number of amputees per population than anywhere in the world.”

She was recorded walking the field with mine removal expert, Paul Heslop. Princess Diana blew up a dummy land mine during the event. They went over more information about the issue.

Her campaign was controversial because the British army still kept land mines in its arsenal. This has since changed, according to Heslop.

“Now, everybody goes ‘mines, yes, of course, they’re banned, why would we have it?’ But in the ‘90s they were still seen by the military as of value,” he told Town & Country. Now her son is taking on the issue years later.

Prince Harry gave a speech on land mine clearance being a humanitarian emergency

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex makes a speech as he attends the Chatham House Africa Programme event
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex makes a speech as he attends the Chatham House Africa Programme event | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The prince gave a speech in London about the issue on June 17. He previously visited Angola six years ago for a land mine-clearing charity, The Halo Trust.

He said his experience “showed me the importance of land mine clearance within a humanitarian emergency because, let’s not forget, land mines are a humanitarian issue — not a political one,” according to People.

He later said, “My hope is that through this collaboration, minefields can be cleared, land can be protected,  wildlife can be free to return to where they once roamed, and Angolans can reap the rewards by coexisting with the one constant that will draw people in from all over the world –  the extraordinary setting that they call home.”

He got an update on the minefield his mother walked on years ago

The Duke of Sussex also mentioned his mother in his speech. He revealed that he got an update on the minefield his mother visited.

“In Cuando Cubango, in the far southeast of what is a vast, beautiful country, I saw a struggling community in a deserted landscape unable to make use of the land, yet the potential to turn this land into a sustainable source for its people,” he said. “In fact, I was told just the other day of the positive transformation in Huambo since my mother walked that minefield all those years ago.”

This speech is after it has been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be going to Africa stopping in Malawi, Angola, and South Africa later this year. They previously went to Botswana together early in their relationship.