Prince Harry says retracing Diana’s footsteps in Angola has been emotional

Cape Town – Britain’s Prince Harry walked in the footsteps of his late mother Diana through Angola’s de-mining sites on Friday, the fifth day of his trip to Africa.

Harry visited a landmine detonation field in the town of Dirico in collaboration with British charity Halo Trust.

Dressed in a blue splinter vest, he personally helped to destroy one of the mines that have remained in the southern African nation’s soil after 25 years of civil strife.

During his three-day stay in Angola, the Duke of Sussex visited the northern city of Huambo, where an iconic picture was taken of Princess Diana in 1997 in which she walked through a minefield.

"It has been emotional retracing my mother’s steps along this street 22 years on," said Prince Harry about Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

"Being here on this transformed and bustling street – the site where my mother once walked through a live minefield – shows the tremendous impact that clearing landmines has on communities and their futures," he added.

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Britain’s Prince Harry walks on Princess Diana Street in Huambo, Angola, on day five of the royal tour of Africa, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP.
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Britain’s Prince Harry sits alone beneath the Diana Tree in Huambo, Angola, on day five of the royal tour of Africa, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP.
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Britain’s Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola Friday Sept. 27, 2019, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP.
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Britain’s Prince Harry remotely detonates a landmine at a minefield in Dirico, Angola. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
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Britain’s Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP

Prince Harry called on the international community to redouble its efforts in Angola, where more than 1,000 minefields have not yet been cleared.

The Duke of Sussex spoke about how, typically, the most vulnerable are at greatest risk, and how thousands of parents in Angola have to choose between cultivating mine-infested land or letting their families starve.

"Let us consign these weapons to the history books, for good," he said.

On Thursday, Harry visited Botswana to help 200 children plant new trees in the Chobe Forest Reserve to combat climate change.

Harry is on a 10-day visit to southern Africa, together with his wife Meghan Markle and their 4-month-old son Archie – who have, however, remained behind in South Africa. 

Harry will travel to Malawi after Angola and then reunite with Meghan in South Africa on October 1, a day before they wrap up their trip in Johannesburg.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Halo Regional Manager Jose Antonio, top right, watch as mine clearer Jorge Joao Cativa demonstrates mine clearing techniques at a minefield in Dirico, Angola. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP.
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Britain’s Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola Friday Sept. 27, 2019, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP.
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Britain’s Prince Harry watches a controlled explosion in a partially cleared minefield in Dirico, Angola Friday Sept. 27, 2019, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP.

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