Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning a major trip to Africa to help fulfil his late mother Princess Diana’s legacy.
As part of their Autumn tour, Harry will travel to Angola, where Diana famously visited in January 1997, just months before her tragic death.
The striking image of The Princess of Wales, wearing a protective visor and vest and walking through a minefield, became etched in history and highlighted the important work by the HALO Trust.
Palace aides are investigating Angola’s security situation to see if Meghan and the couple’s newborn son Archie will be able to join Harry.
However, they are expected to travel together for at least some of the African tour, which will also take in Malawi to expand the reach of his charity Sentebale, South Africa and possibly Botswana.
In 2017 on International Mine Awareness Day, Harry said his mother’s work on banning landmines in the last months of her life “wasn’t universally popular”.
He added: “Some believed she had stepped over the line into the arena of political campaigning – but for her this wasn’t about politics; it was about people.”
Harry continued: “She knew she had a big spotlight to shine, and she used it to bring attention on the people that others had forgotten, ignored or were too afraid to support.”
Advisors of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are working on a tailored role for the couple with the help of Sir David Manning, a former ambassador to the US, and Lord Geidt, the Queen’s former private secretary who chairs the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Harry’s first step will be next Monday to attend a Chatham House Africa Programme event on ‘Mine Clearance, Conservation, and Economic Development in Angola’, Buckingham Palace confirmed today.
The event is being held in partnership with the HALO Trust, with the Angolan Government about to provide £44 million of funding to clear landmines in two national parks, a major opportunity for the conservation of southern Africa’s last great wilderness.
The Africa Programme event will highlight the connection between conservation, economic development, and mine clearance, with a call to action for increased funding for mine clearance efforts in Angola, Daily Mirror reports.