The Profound Way Prince Harry Is Following in Princess Diana’s Footsteps in South Africa

As children, most of us look up to our parents. We try to behave like them in any way possible.

For Prince Harry and Prince William, their parents had some pretty big shoes to fill. Especially when it comes to their mother, Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Princess Diana
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Diana was beloved by the entire world. She spent her time giving back to communities and causes that she cared about. Though she was only on earth for a short 36 years, she left an impact that will remain for generations.

How is Prince Harry following in Princess Diana’s footsteps?

When Diana was alive, she did a lot of work to eradicate landmines.

“If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation’s grandchildren,” she said in 1997.

Harry is now in the area where his mother began her work.

“Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality,” the royal family announced on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram page yesterday.

“In 1997, Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools, and small businesses.”

And now, Harry will be carrying his mother’s torch.

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“If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, 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 recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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“The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular.”

“Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured.”

What else has Prince Harry been doing in South Africa?

Since their arrival in South Africa, Prince Harry and Megan Markle have been on the move. Earlier this week, they met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a globally respected figure in the anti-apartheid movement, in order to discuss the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation.

Markle also attended a Ladies who Launch event in Cape Town where female entrepreneurs shared their ideas and passions for technology and plans to make positive social impact.

She also met with Mothers 2 Mothers which is a program that helps train and employ women who are living with HIV as health workers.

The Duke has been busy as well, planting trees in Chobe National Park with children from local primary schools and visiting Kasane Health Post in Botswana to support young people affected by HIV.