Prince Harry reunites with minefield survivor who famously met Princess Diana 22 years ago

Danielle Fowler
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duke of Sussex followed in his late mother Princess Diana's footsteps on Friday (September 27), as he walked through a minefield in Dirico, Angola that she first visited back in 1997.

The Princess of Wales famously brought the danger and prevalence of landmines to global attention when she walked through the site. During the visit, the mother-of-two met Sandra Tigica, who was just 13-years-old at the time.

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A photograph of the pair seated beneath a tree at an orthopedic workshop in Luanda promptly became one of the most famous images of the royal of all time.

So it was sure to have been a moving experience for Prince Harry to have reunited with Tigica during the engagement who he first met at an event in honour of Princess Diana back in 2007.

"You still look as young as you did in those pictures, all those years ago," Prince Harry told her.

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During the engagement, the new father walked the same path that Princess Diana did 22 years ago but a lot of progress has since been made.

The official Sussex Royal Instagram account shared photographs of the Duke of Sussex carrying out the historic engagement alongside the caption: "The Duke was able to walk the same path, but now rather than walking amongst mines, he was able to walk among a bustling community with schools, colleges and small businesses."

During the outing, Prince Harry wore similar protective armour that was worn by his mother, as he entered a partially-cleared area of the mine.

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Approximately 60 countries are filled with mines which have become a danger to locals. More than 120,000 people were killed by landmines between 1999 and 2017 with nearly half of victims children.

Since Princess Diana's historic visit, Angola has pledged to clear all known mines by 2025.

During his visit, the Duke of Sussex praised non-profit landmine clearance charity The Halo Trust for their efforts.

"By clearing the landmines we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity," he said. "Additionally, we can protect the diverse and unique wildlife that relies on the beautiful Kuito river that I slept beside last night. That river and those wildlife are your natural assets and, if looked after, will bring you unlimited opportunities in the conservation-led economy."

This evening, the Duke of Sussex will meet with a group of young women who attend secondary school with the help of UK Aid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education.

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