'Emotional' Prince Harry retraces Diana's footsteps through African minefield

royals 30/09/2019

22 years ago, in January 1997, Diana the Princess of Wales took her iconic walk through a then-partially-cleared Angolan minefield site.

The former site is now a thriving suburban community - partially thanks to Diana’s efforts in raising awareness of the dangers of landmines.

Now her son Harry has visited the exact same spot his mother did to sit on a bench under a tree planted in her honour.

Prince Harry described the experience as an 'emotional' one, understandably.

"It's been quite emotional retracing my mother's steps along this street 22 years on and to see the transformation that has taken place, from an unsafe and desolate place into a vibrant community of local businesses and colleges,” he said during a speech after visiting ‘The Diana Tree’.

When Diana walked through the area in 1997, it was still filled with buried mines.

The images, circulated around the world, helped to further the cause of anti-weapons campaigners.