Prince Harry has traced the late Princess of Wales’ famous walk through a then-partially-cleared Angolan minefield site 22 years ago
Diana walked through the site, now a street named after her in Huambo, Angola, which was formerly a minefield in January 1997.
The former site is now a thriving suburban community - partially thanks to Diana’s efforts in raising awareness of the dangers of landmines.
Now her son Harry has visited the exact same spot his mother did to sit on a bench under a tree planted in her honour.
He’s called it an “emotional” experience.
"It's been quite emotional retracing my mother's steps along this street 22 years on and to see the transformation that has taken place, from an unsafe and desolate place into a vibrant community of local businesses and colleges,” he said during a speech after visiting ‘The Diana Tree’.
When Diana walked through the area in 1997, it was still filled with buried mines.
The images, circulated around the world, helped to further the cause of anti-weapons campaigners.
The Duke praised the efforts of the charities and organisations who carry out the “dangerous, expensive and laborious” act of demining, adding: “I have the utmost admiration and respect for all who do this hazardous work and risk their lives in service of their community."
Thanks to @chrisshipitv for this remarkable footage. Princess Diana street in Huambo was once a minefield. The work of @TheHALOTrust and the global spotlight Harry has shone on #landmines has made this possible pic.twitter.com/zR2HQKpJIh— Katie Nicholl (@katienicholl) September 27, 2019
He also spoke of the continued global threat posed by mines.
"A staggering 60 million people around the world still live in fear and risk of landmines. We cannot turn our backs on them and leave a job half done,” he said, channelling his mothers passion.
"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."
To this day, some 60 countries and territories around the world are contaminated with buried mines.
Between 1999-2017, more than 120,000 people were killed or injured by landmines, according to research by Landmine Monitor.
Prince Harry’s walk in Huambo follows his own minefield visit earlier today, where he walked through a partially cleared minefield in Dirico.
Like his mother 22 years before him, the royal wore body armour and a protective visor as he walked through the site.
The Duke joined British charity The HALO Trust for the morning - the same charity that Diana accompanied during her iconic minefield visit over two decades ago.
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