Prince Harry dons body armour to retrace Diana's iconic visit to Africa minefield

By Mirror | Friday, Sep 27th 2019 at 12:27
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Prince Harry has donned body armour and a protective visor in scenes reminiscent of his late mother Princess Diana to walk through a partially cleared minefield in Africa.

The Duke of Sussex is highlighting the ongoing threat of the munitions in Angola, where Diana visited in 1997 to urge the world to ban the weapons.

Photos of Diana walking through a cleared minefield and meeting those maimed by mines became iconic.

Today, a photo was posted of the Princess of Wales on the Sussex Royal Instagram account with the caption: "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."

Near the south-eastern town of Dirico, the Duke has now walked into an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government forces who had mined the position in 2000 before retreating.

The dusty scrubland was marked with red warning signs showing the skull and crossbones, with the Portuguese words "Perigo Minas!" and the English translation below - danger mines.

The Sussex Royal Instagram account said: "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."

It added: "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."

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