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Princess Diana Did It in 1997. Now It's Harry's Turn

Prince visits land-mine field in Angola, just as his mom did more than 2 decades ago
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2019 10:01 AM CDT
Britain's Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola, on Friday during a visit to see the work of land-mine clearance charity the Halo Trust.   (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
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(Newser) – In 1997, Princess Diana visited a land-mine field in Angola, dressed in protective clothing and headwear, to draw the world's eyes to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of land mines planted in past conflicts, and to the people still being hurt or killed by them. Now, more than two decades later, Prince Harry literally followed in his mother's footsteps, re-creating what USA Today calls her "unforgettable moment." People reports that on Friday, the 35-year-old prince, who's in Africa on a royal tour, visited a HALO Trust mine site in Dirico, decked out in similar garb to that worn by his mom 22 years ago. During his visit, Harry set off a mine by remote control, spoke on the importance of clearing land mines, and chatted with locals on how efforts to remove the mines have affected their lives.

"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," reads a post on the official Instagram Harry shares with his wife, Meghan Markle. The post adds that after Diana visited Huambo and brought awareness to the situation there, the area "transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses." Harry also traveled to Huambo on his tour; one of the now-paved streets he strolled down was on the site of a minefield Diana walked through. See the comparison photos here of mother and son. (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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