Prince Harry in devastating tribute to mother Diana as he opens hospital dedicated to her

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PRINCE HARRY paid a heartbreaking tribute to Princess Diana as he opened a hospital in Angola dedicated to her.

The royal was visiting the Orthopaedic Centre in Huambo, where Princess Diana had been before him in 1997. The hospital was recently renovate and aims to become Angola’s national centre of excellence in orthopaedic care.

Harry described the visit as a “deeply personal” one during a speech at the hospital.

He said his mother would have been delighted to see how the hospital had developed since her visit.

At the time Diana visited the hospital’s ward was filled with victims of landmines.

He said: “It has been an honour to re-trace my mother’s steps today. I lost her 22 years ago but her memory is with me daily and her legacy lives on. Which is why I am so happy to name this centre the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre.”

Harry made paid a heartbreaking tribute to his mum Image GETTY
Harry made paid a heartbreaking tribute to his mum Image GETTY

Harry made paid a heartbreaking tribute to his mum (Image GETTY)

Harry met with hospital workers
Harry met with hospital workers (Image: PA)

Harry met with hospital workers (Image: PA)

During the tour he stopped off at the rehabilitation room and observed the making of prosthetic limbs in a workshop.

There, he met two members who were working at the centre when Diana visited in 1997.

He moved on to the paediatric unit where he spent a short while watching in encouragement Barnaby Jose Mar, six, who was practicing walking with the help of a double bar along with his friend Francisco Xavier, five, and carrying an Union flag.

Barnaby’s mother later explained that he had been born with a paralysis and has had trouble holding himself up and controlling his limbs since he was of the age to learn to walk.

Harry traded a fist bump with a young patient
Harry traded a fist bump with a young patient (Image: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)

Harry traded a fist bump with a young patient (Image: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)

The tot, however, was enamoured by Harry, who hunkered down on his eyes and exchanged a fist bump.

The mother added that she was “incredibly shocked” to see Harry and was dumbfounded on meeting him, leaving her speechless in his presence.

Harry also unveiled a new sign for the front of the hospital and posed with a plaque to mark his visit.

The hospital is the first of its kind in Angola to specialise in orthopaedic rehabilitation.

The visit follow in the footsteps of Diana 22 years ago
The visit follow in the footsteps of Diana 22 years ago (Image: Tim Rooke/REX)

The visit follow in the footsteps of Diana 22 years ago (Image: Tim Rooke/REX)

The hospital is the only specialist centre in Angola
The hospital is the only specialist centre in Angola (Image: PA)

The hospital is the only specialist centre in Angola (Image: PA)

It provides essential support to the local community and province and treats those who have been injured by uncovered landmines, as well as treating people involved accidents and affected by illness.

Harry had an emotional meeting with a landmine victim who met Diana when she was 15 years old.

The Duke greeted her at the orthopaedic wing with a warm hug and asked: “I think you were 15 at the time – do you remember meeting my mother?”

Speaking after the encounter with Harry, Ms Cesar who is now 38-years-old, said she had no idea at the time who Princess Diana was.

Harry and Meghan are coming to the end of their South Africa tour
Harry and Meghan are coming to the end of their South Africa tour (Image: Express Newspapers)

Harry and Meghan are coming to the end of their South Africa tour (Image: Express Newspapers)

She said: “People just said she was a princess. They asked us to come and meet her. But they did not say how important she was.

“She greeted us, and laid her hand on my brow. I was so happy about that. She was very special.”

When Ms Cesar found out that Diana had died, she said: “I felt a mighty sadness. Someone who cared very much for mine victims had gone.

“But I was very happy that Diana’s son had come to continue the work that she had started.

Diana visited the site in 1997
Diana visited the site in 1997 (Image: GETTY)

Diana visited the site in 1997 (Image: GETTY)

“I am so happy. This is a very special day. I had so much to say to him, but I could barely speak.”

Ms Cesar has since had three children and now works as a government clerk.

She said she handed Harry a copy of her project that looks to help landmine victims.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK