Princess Diana advocated banning of landmines. A hospital will be opened by Harry in her name to remember the Princess and her efforts.
Prince Harry has always tried to keep the memory of his beloved mother, Princess Diana alive. The Prince is determined to carry her legacy forward, especially by fighting the causes and supporting the charity programs that she did. Currently, Harry is on a 10-day official tour to Africa along with Meghan Markle and his little boy, Archie, and is using this opportunity to honor the princess's humanitarian causes.
According to Daily Mail, Prince Harry will reopen the Huambo Orthopedic Centre in Angola after it was named in honor of the Princess who visited the hospital in 1997. Harry, who knows the significance of the place in his mother's life, hopes to complete his mother's unfinished works.
"In a particularly significant and poignant journey, the Duke of Sussex will have the opportunity to return to Angola to see first-hand the legacy of his mother the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose visit to Huambo in 1997 helped raise awareness of the threat posed by land mines to communities and livelihoods," said Harry's private secretary Samantha Cohen.
In 1997, just months before her death, Diana walked through a dangerous landmine area that was being cleared by the charity Halo Trust in Huambo to raise awareness. Her demand for a global ban on landmines resulted in an Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which will be introduced later this year. The hospital that will be opened in the name of the Princess is focused on supporting victims of landmines.
A close source to the palace said that Harry's trip to Africa was all about fulfilling his mother's wishes and experiencing what his mother's efforts left behind. “This is all about wanting to fulfill his mother’s legacy. This tour will see the Duke and Duchess go back to basics, using their profile in the right way to highlight causes they are both passionate about.”
Apart from carrying his mother's legacy, the Prince has a special attachment to the place. "The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well-known. He first visited the continent at the age of 13 and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife, and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day," said a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman. The Prince confirmed this when he opened up about his emotions related to the continent during the recent visit.
He told the media that visiting Botswana after his mother's death helped him deal with grief. "15 years I've been coming here, it's a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose. I have some of my closest friends here and I came here in 1997 or 1998 straight after my mum died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all," said Prince Harry, quoted Town and Country Magazine.
He said that those visits made an everlasting impact on his life. "Now I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa," said the Prince.