Back in 1997, Princess Diana was photographed walking through a minefield in Huambo, Angola. The royal hoped that the images would bring global attention to Halo Trust's ongoing, much-needed de-mining work in the country. Now, Prince Harry's set to return to Huambo during his and Meghan Markle's royal tour of Africa—but some things have changed in the intervening decades.
A 2015 tweet from the Halo Trust reveals that the dirt path that Diana was photographed walking on has since become a paved road, complete with buildings on either side—no more de-mining work necessary, it seems.
Indeed, a statement from Harry and Meghan's communications secretary says as much. Harry will "visit Huambo to see how, what was once a dangerous area, has developed into a thriving community after being cleared of mines," it reads. "There he will meet the men and women who have undertaken the dangerous and vital work of mine clearing and visit the orthopedic centre that is treating mine victims."
But that doesn't mean Harry won't have a similar photograph taken elsewhere. As a part of the royal tour, the Duke is set to help launch a new project operated by the Halo Trust. The initiative is funded by the Angolan government, with the aim of becoming landmine-free by 2025.
Prince Harry will spend the night on September 26 at the organization's de-mining camp in Dirico. The next morning, he'll visit a working de-mining camp and remotely detonate a mine. The prince is also set to deliver a speech—and royal watchers wouldn't be surprised if he mentioned his mother's own work in de-mining.
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