PRINCESS Diana was left “devastated” after being accused of “overstepping the line” by politicians, claimed royal correspondent and commentator Dan Wootton.
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Princess Diana was accused of “wading into politics” by politicians during her campaign against landmines, claimed a royal correspondent. Dan Wootton referred to some believing she “overstepped the line”, but explained it was about “people” and not politics. Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine about Prince Harry following in his mother’s footsteps by planning a visit to Angola, Mr Wootton said: “Now we will all remember that iconic footage, this is January 1997, I’ll never forget it, just months before the death of Princess Diana where she got the entire world talking about the plight of landmines. And Prince Harry very interestingly as well actually he has addressed that criticism.
“Remember Diana was devastated at the time by the fact that she had been accused by politicians in the UK of wading into politics you might remember.
“Well Prince Harry has said about that some believe she overstepped the line into political campaigning, but for her this wasn’t about politics, it was about people.
“She knew she had a big spotlight to shine and she used it to bring attention on the people others had forgotten.
“It’s very difficult to disagree with that, this is going to be a move that brings attention back to landmines in the world.”
Princess Diana news: Diana was left “devastated” by the accusations, claimed Dan Wootton (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana news: Diana famously visited Angola in 1997 (Image: Getty)
Diana was devastated at the time that she had been accused by politicians in the UK of wading into politics
Referring to Princess Diana, the Sun’s executive editor added: “I think it’s so lovely to see Prince Harry and Meghan really embracing her legacy.
“Because it was a great legacy but it was one that was forgotten by the royal family for a long time because it almost felt too hot for them to handle, because of so much criticism.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Angola this Autumn as part of their Africa tour and will work with a charity close to his mother’s heart.
According to the Daily Mirror, Harry will travel to the country where his mother famously visited in January 1997 – The Halo Trust.
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Moreover, palace aides are also exploring the possibility of Meghan and their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor travelling with Harry to Angola.
Harry and Meghan will travel with Archie for at least part of the tour to Africa where they are also expected to go to Malawi to help his charity, Sentebale.
The Duke wants to fulfil some of his late mother’s work and is keen to spend a prolonged period of time in Africa after travelling to Cuando Cubango region in Angola in 2013.
Commenting on Diana’s influence on her youngest son, a source told the Mirror: “This is all about wanting to fulfil his mother’s legacy and showing his wife and baby son the places that have had the most positive affect on him in his life.
Princess Diana news: Prince Harry is planning to follow in his mother’s footsteps (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana news: the trip will likely see Harry and Meghan go on a foreign sabbatical (Image: Getty)
“Harry has made no secret of what an influence his mother has been on him.
“His trip to Africa comes at a time in his life where he has become a parent himself.
“Diana had a great affinity with children and recognised the worth of having boots on the ground could affect change in such an important way.”
A major project is currently underway which would see Harry and Meghan go on a foreign sabbatical where they would focus on issues around conservation, the environment and education.
The sabbatical could see the pair spend up to six months at a time living in Africa over the next two to three years.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK