As Harry faces his own minefield, he should follow in Di’s footsteps
The duke’s Africa tour can repair the harm from a host of hostile headlines, says Diana’s former aide
Diana, Princess of Wales in an Angolan minefield is one of the last and most powerful images of her tragically short life. When the Duke of Sussex visits the same scene this week, we’re likely to see an equally dramatic photo of royal feet apparently dodging death in support of a great charitable cause.
More than two decades separate the two images of familiar royal figures trussed up in blue body armour, but beyond this similarity lie differences of royal style that tell us a lot about how Prince Harry is following in his mother’s careful footsteps – and how he is charting his own very different path through the minefield of public life.
To understand the success of Diana’s anti-mines work – much of it in the face of hostility for straying into what critics saw as political territory – we have to look back to her earlier, more traditional royal tour to another African country, Zimbabwe, four years before the famous Angola photo call...