Prince Harry to Open a Hospital in Africa Named After Princess Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making tributes to Princess Diana all over the place on their most recent royal excursion. They finally arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, complete with baby Archie in tow. The very royal tour will consist of 10 days and include numerous stops, including in Botswana.

Meghan Markle pays tribute to Princess Diana

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Africa
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in South Africa | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took the time to pay a little tribute to Princess Diana when the family finally landed. While holding baby Archie, it was seen that he was sporting a cute white hat with a pom-pom on the top. Eagle eye royal fans will recall that it is quite similar to the same one Diana put Prince Harry in back in 1985 when he was around the same age.

Prince Harry honors his mother’s legacy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Africa
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Nyanga Township in South Africa | Karwai Tang/WireImage

The tour has already begun and the couple went to the Nyanga township in Cape Town. According to The Daily Mail, the royal couple will visit the Huambo Orthopaedic Center, which is in Angola. Princess Diana herself toured the facility back in 1997, the same year of her tragic death. Harry is set to reopen the facility named in honor of Diana’s work. It’s even already been revamped.

Diana’s work to abolish landmines

Diana, Princess of Wales visits a landmine minefield being cleared
Diana, Princess of Wales visits a landmine minefield being cleared | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Fans of Diana will recall her famous walk that involved a dangerous and very active landmine minefield. At the time, it was still being cleared and made safe by The Halo Trust, a charity. It took place in Huambo and Diana was known for her work shining a light on a future global ban on the mines, which gave her many powerful enemies. She visited those affected by landmines in tragic accidents and showed compassion for those people.

Princess Diana’s work led to a treaty

Diana, Princess of Wales, wears body armor during a visit to a landmine
Diana, Princess of Wales, wears body armor during a visit to a landmine | Anwar Hussein Collection/Getty Images

Diana wanted a treaty worldwide banning the practice and use of landmines. Many people thought Diana was getting involved in things that didn’t concern her, but that didn’t stop her advocacy for the cause. Her work was absolutely essential to what came just three months after her death, the Ottawa Mine Treaty (Mine Ban Treaty). It was signed by a total of 122 states in 1997.

Prince Harry hopes to fulfill Diana’s amazing legacy

Diana, Princess Of Wales, at Neves Bendinha
Diana, Princess Of Wales, at Neves Bendinha at an Icrc Orthopaedic Workshop with Sandra Thijika | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Prince Harry has also found a cause in the same vein as his mother and is a known patron of The Halo Trust. “This is all about wanting to fulfill his mother’s legacy,” a source from the palace told The Daily Mail. “This tour will see the Duke and Duchess go back to basics, using their profile in the right way to highlight causes they are both passionate about.”

They will get to see Princess Diana’s work up close

Samantha Cohen, who is Prince Harry’s private secretary, says they will get to see his mother’s work up close. “In a particularly significant and poignant journey, the Duke of Sussex will have the opportunity to return to Angola to see first-hand the legacy of his mother the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose visit to Huambo in 1997 helped raise awareness of the threat posed by land mines to communities and livelihoods,” she says.

Princess Diana’s was a humanitarian and advocate for the less fortunate. “The work of the late princess and commitment to this issue changed global opinion,” she continued. “Now, more than two decades later, humanitarian de-mining work continues and the Angolan government has made a significant financial commitment to clearing land mines from another large area important for the conservation of Angola’s unique ecosystem.”

Prince Harry will continue his mother’s good works and advocacy by reopening the hospital in her honor. Princess Diana’s work helped change the world for the better.