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In Diana’s footsteps: Harry’s poignant tribute to his mum

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The Duke of Sussex will pay a special tribute to the work of his mother, Diana, during his forthcoming visit to southern Africa. As part of his tour of Angola, Prince Harry will walk along the route famously trodden by Diana just months before her death as she sought to raise awareness of landmines.

During his stay in Angola, Harry will visit the exact spot that Diana walked along in 1997 to highlight the dangers landmines posed to local communities. The images of the princess wearing the protective vest and headgear used by de-mining experts as she trod through an area still being cleared of landmines gave a global spotlight to the issue.

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The Duke of Sussex will make the same walk but will see how the area has completely changed. Following the removal of the landmines, the spot is now lined with shops, schools and houses. It will be a poignant reminder of the positive change brought about by his mother in her last major campaign before her death.

Diana’s legacy will be a large part of Harry’s visit to Angola. He will begin his three day stay with a night at the new de-mining camp run by the HALO Trust whose work Diana supported so publicly. The following morning, Harry is set to visit a de-mining field where he will be given an overview of the work going on and then learn how to detonate a mine remotely. His walk in Diana’s footsteps will take place on the same day.

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Harry will also spend time at the Huambo Orthopaedic Centre which his mother visited during her time in Angola and which her younger son will rename in her honour.

Diana visited Angola in January 1997, learning about the work to clear landmines and visiting many people who had been injured by the devices. Just months after her death in August that year, a global ban on landmines came into place with the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

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