September 28, 2019
The Duke of Sussex had an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola on sixth day of his royal tour of Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie.
Harry will later be visiting a hospital to see the work of a project spearheaded by the country’s first lady, Ana Dias Lourenco who he met yesterday.
The project focuses on preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their babies in a country where high fertility, a young population and lack of awareness are driving infection rates up.
The Prince will move onto Malawi tomorrow, before joining back up with Meghan in South Africa on the tenth day.
Prince Harry has met with the President of Angola as he continues his solo trip across the country which his mother Diana toured by more than 20 years ago.
The Duke of Sussex had an audience with João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola on sixth day of his royal tour of Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie
Harry will later be visiting a hospital to see the work of a project spearheaded by the country’s first lady, Ana Dias Lourenco who he met yesterday (pictured)
Prince Harry started the emotional pilgrimage to Angola yesterday where his late mother launched an anti-landmine campaign, her last major crusade before her untimely death.
Tragically, the princess never saw her work to secure a global ban on the weapons come to fruition.
But yesterday her adored son retraced her footsteps, donning the same protective body armour and visor she did 22 years earlier to detonate a device in a partially-cleared field in Dirico, in the south east of the country.
Harry, 35, walked into an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government forces who had mined the position in 2000, during the decades-long civil war that tore the country apart.
The Prince will move onto Malawi tomorrow, before joining back up with Meghan in South Africa on the tenth day
Earlier yesterday the Duke of Sussex walked through a minefield in Dirico, Angola, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust
Harry’s mother Diana visited a minefield in Angola in January, 1997. The Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed.
Like all those visiting the site, which is being cleared by The Halo Trust, the same landmine clearance charity that worked with Dianna, Harry had been given a safety briefing and told not stray of the cleared lanes, touch anything or run.
Speaking afterwards the prince said: ‘Landmines are an unhealed scar of war. By clearing the landmines we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.’
He and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, also posted a message on their official Instagram page in which they honoured his mother’s work which ‘helped change the course of history’.
They added: ‘The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular.’