Prince Harry follows in Princess Diana’s footsteps with speech at AIDS conference

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Prince Harry follows in Princess Diana’s footsteps with a speech at AIDS conference

Prince Harry is making a two-day visit to Amsterdam to carry on the important work of his late mother, Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Elton John during a session at the AIDS2018 conference about the work of the Elton John Aids Foundation 22nd Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry and Elton John during a session at the AIDS2018 conference about the work of the Elton John Aids Foundation 22nd Photo (C) GETTY

Harry, 33, is joining forces with Sir Elton John at the International AIDS Conference.

The Duke of Sussex has become one of the leading worldwide advocates in the fight against AIDS and HIV, a mission Princess Diana started when she first held the hand of an AIDS patient in the 1990s.

Diana’s work helped to destigmatize the disease and change misconceptions on how HIV/AIDS is transmitted.

“I am honored to be sharing the stage with someone who has always put people at the center of his work, Sir Elton John,” Harry said in a speech at the conference. “For over a quarter century, Elton has worked tirelessly to fund research and services in communities around the world. And today, he has come to Amsterdam to announce his latest endeavor, a billion dollar global partnership to break the cycle of male transmission of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Princess Diana during a visit to a hostel for abandoned children many of which were HIV positive or suffering from AIDS Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana during a visit to a hostel for abandoned children many of which were HIV positive or suffering from AIDS Photo (C) GETTY

Harry continued, “We stand here at a moment when the progress we have fought so hard for is at risk from a dangerous complacency. Too many around the world are still ignoring the damaging knock-on effect on education and other community services from not prioritizing HIV prevention and treatment.”

The Duke of Sussex meets talented #YoungNLeaders, including the Netherlands @WeAreInvictus Team, at a @ukinnl reception in Amsterdam Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE
The Duke of Sussex meets talented #YoungNLeaders, including the Netherlands @WeAreInvictus Team, at a @ukinnl reception in Amsterdam Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE

John, who sang at Harry’s May 19 wedding to Meghan Markle, has been a tireless advocate in the fight against AIDS.

Alongside @Sentebale #LetYouthLead advocates, The Duke of Sussex joined Princess @MabelvanOranje and HIV Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE
Alongside @Sentebale #LetYouthLead advocates, The Duke of Sussex joined Princess @MabelvanOranje and HIV Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE

He was one of the first public figures, along with Princess Diana, a close friend, to change the perception of the disease. Princess Diana, John and now Harry have fought for needed funding and continued vigilance on the importance of education and resources in particularly vulnerable regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

New, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before – and that is exactly what you are about to see from @eltonofficial and the Men Star Coalition partners Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE
New, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before – and that is exactly what you are about to see from @eltonofficial and the Men Star Coalition partners Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE

Harry founded a charity, Sentebale, which means “forget me not,” in Lesotho in honor of Diana. The charity’s Let Youth Lead program gives young people a public voice on the issue of AIDS and how it affects their lives.

In Amsterdam, Harry joined a session with Let Youth Lead delegates and policymakers to discuss HIV and young people.

Source: abcnews go com

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