Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are gearing up to take Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on their first ever royal tour as a family next week. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will land in South Africa on Monday to begin their ten-day trip. While Harry will go on to visit Botswana, Malawi and Angola, however, he will not be taking his wife and baby with him.
Angola is particularly linked with the late Princess Diana, as she launched her groundbreaking pledge to rid the world of landmines after visiting the country in 1997.
At the time, it was a controversial choice, and the Princess faced resistance as some deemed the cause too close to politics for a member of the Royal Family.
However, Harry has shown with his work over the years that he is determined to honour his mother’s legacy.
Princess Diana and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana in Angola in 1997 (Image: Getty)
Royal expert Omid Scobie, writing for Harper’s Bazaar, explained: “On day five of the tour Harry will travel to the same spot in Huambo, Angola, that his late mother visited in 1997 to see how an area that was once a dangerous minefield is now a busy street with schools, shops, and houses.
“During his day of engagements, Harry will launch a new project operated by HALO Trust and visit the Huambo Orthopaedic Centre, also visited by his mother in 1997, to unveil a new name in honour of Princess Diana and give a speech.”
The poignant and well-remembered photos of Princess Diana visiting minefields in Angola were part of a tour with the Halo Trust, and Harry has since worked with the charity in campaigning for a landmine-free world by 2025.
On Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s account Sussexroyal, posted: “The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines.”
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Meghan Markle, Archie and Prince Harry out together as a family this summer (Image: Getty)