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Prince Harry Visits Angola to Continue Mom's Campaign Against Land Mines

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Monday, 12 Aug 2013 12:07 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Prince Harry spent the weekend in the African nation of Angola retracing the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, who made a historic visit to the war-torn country in 1997 as part of a campaign to end the use of land mines. Diana would die just six months after the visit.

Buckingham Palace described the trip as "a personal and private visit" in their announcement on Friday, People magazine reported.

The 28-year-old prince of Wales was 13 years of age when his mother traveled to Angola to raise awareness about the country's land mind problems.

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During his weekend tour in the Southern African nation, Harry visited with "a number of demining teams across the region and will be touring minefields and meeting with beneficiaries of HALO's work," Guy Willoughby, CEO of the charitable HALO trust, which specializes in the removal of the hazardous debris of war, told People.

Much like his mother before him, Harry too is reportedly a committed supporter of HALO, having been a patron of the HALO Trust's 25th anniversary appeal.

During his trip, Harry visited the densely mined town of Cuito Cuanavale, which according to HALO trust, was the scene of heavy fighting during Angola's 1975-2002 civil war, CTV News reported.

Through her 1997 trip, the late princess lent her support to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a coalition formed in 1992 comprised of six nongovernmental organizations with the shared goal of ending the use of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions.

Perhaps the most lasting image of Diana during her 1997 trip to Angola was that of the former British royal touring an Angolan minefield in a ballistic helmet and flak jacket. The image was seen around the world.

At the time of the tour, Diana was divorced from Charles, the Prince of Wales, after he had an affair with his mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The pair later married and Camilla Parker-Bowles assumed the title of Duchess of Cornwall.

Diana died with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, in August 1997 after being fatally injured in a car crash in Paris' Pont de l'Alma road tunnel while being pursued by paparazzi.

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