Prince Harry Takes Up His Mother's Campaign
PRINCE HARRY is set to follow in the footsteps of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he continues her campaign to make the world landmine free at an event tomorrow. Three months before her death in 1997, Diana was photographed walking through a mine field in Angola to raise awareness of the risk of potentially lethal undiscovered landmines – and Harry will call for a world that is free from landmines in the next seven years.
The Prince will speak at the Landmine Free World 2025 reception at Kensington Palace to mark International Mine Awareness Day tomorrow, where he is expected to recognise the impact that his mother made to the campaign.
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“In the year marking the 20th anniversary of the Princess’s death, Prince Harry is pleased to have this moment to recognise the significant contribution his mother made in this field; the progress which has been made by the Mines Advisory Group, the Hazardous Areas Life-Support Organisation, the UK Government and other organisations; and the opportunity to continue raising awareness of making the world land mine-free by 2025,” Kensington Palace said, the Express reported.
Prince Harry has visited mine fields in several African nations – including Angola and Mozambique – working with The Halo Trust, who also took his mother to the region two decades ago.
“The world is too little aware of the waste of life, limb and land which anti-personnel land mines are causing among some of the poorest people on Earth,” Diana, Princess of Wales said at the time. “Some people chose to interpret my visit as a political statement. But it was not. I am not a political figure. My interests are humanitarian. That is why I felt drawn to this human tragedy.”
Eighty per cent of countries have signed the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty championed by Diana, Princess of Wales, but more than 60 million people still live in regions where landmines are used.