Prince Harry Sends Extremely Personal Letter to Charity Championed by Princess Diana

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Prince Harry is continuing his mother's legacy when it comes to supporting crucial charities like The HALO Trust, a non-profit organization that removes debris left behind by war, in particular land mines.

In a letter penned to The HALO Trust's 8,500 employees, the Duke of Sussex expressed his admiration for the staff's "dedication and determination" in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. According to the organization, Harry was moved to learn that HALO staff have remained in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia and Libya to clear land mines while pivoting operations to respond to the coronavirus.

He writes, “In these trying times, hope comes from the light of our common humanity. Nowhere is that light burning brighter than at The HALO Trust. As countries closed their borders, lockdowns came into force and international travel became harder, many might have chosen to suspend operations. Instead, HALO kept open a presence in all 25 of its country operations.”

This isn't the first time Harry has supported HALO's mission. Last fall, he followed in his mother's legendary footsteps in Angola, when he walked the exact path Princess Diana took through a now deactivated minefield in Huambo. The princess visited the site in 1997 to bring attention to the land mine crisis and the lives it was destroying. As Prince Harry saw for himself, the bleak area she once walked through is now a spirited city with schools and small businesses.

Prince Harry opened up about the experience in a speech he delivered following the walk, saying, “It has been quite emotional retracing my mother’s steps along this street 22 years later. And to see the transformation that has taken place from an unsafe and desolate area to a vibrant community of local business and colleges.”

Keep up the important work, Harry. 

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