How Prince Harry Is Carrying On Princess Diana’s Legacy


One of the most iconic photographs of Princess Diana was of her wearing protective gear over a white oxford, walking through a minefield in Angola. It not only signified her role as a humanitarian—her visit brought global attention to the issue, and is credited with the success of the Ottawa Treaty—but is a tragic reminder of a life cut short: months after the photo was taken in January 1997, the Princess would die in a car crash. Her role in landmine awareness remains a significant part of her legacy.

Decades later, her son continues to champion her cause. Today, Prince Harry gave a speech at London’s Chatham House, urging the clearing of landmines in the African nation.

Harry evoked his mother: “I was told just the other day of the positive transformation in Huambo since my mother walked that minefield all those years ago,” he said.

A keen conservationist, Harry also raised environmental issues: “What is less well-known is the impact landmines can have on conservation and wildlife, and therefore the economy,” he said. “”I saw a struggling community in a deserted landscape, unable to make use of the land.”

Harry often references his mother when speaking about the dangers of landmines. In a 2017 speech for International Mine Awareness Day, he said: “Twenty years ago, in the last months of her life, my mother campaigned to draw attention to the horrific and indiscriminate impact of land mines . . . let’s make future generations proud and finish what we started.”

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