PRINCE HARRY has recently extended his support to a cause close to his mother’s heart, proving today he is still following in Princess Diana’s footsteps.
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After leaving senior royal life behind in late March, it appears Prince Harry is showing no signs of stopping with his charitable work. Prince Harry has recently sent an encouraging message of support to Tackle HIV, an organisation working to eliminate the stigma attached to HIV. The initiative has been led by Welsh rugby player and good friend of Prince Harry, Gareth Thomas.
Prince Harry’s message to the organisation was shared on the Tackle HIV Instagram account.
Tackle HIV said the message was “inspiring” and that they were “honoured” to receive Harry’s support.
Harry wrote: “It has been amazing to see how much progress has been made in the fight against HIV.
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Prince Harry tribute: The touching way Harry is following Princess Diana’s example (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry tribute: Much of Prince Harry’s charitable work follows on from the work of his mother, Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)
“Since I started campaigning on this issue I have been honoured to spend time with people who are leading this charge.
“Thanks to them, we have moved from a time of social panic and hatred, to a time when the public come out into the streets to cheer for Gareth, a man living openly with HIV, as he cycled the length of Britain.
“But this progress hides how far we still have to go.
“Stigma, misunderstanding and discrimination remain the greatest barriers to defeating this virus.
Prince Harry tribute: Princess Diana worked tirelessly to get rid of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS (Image: GETTY)
“I hope everyone is inspired by ‘Alfie’, and will support him and the Tackle HIV campaign to improve understanding of it, and better support people who are living with it.”
Prince Harry has long campaigned for better awareness surrounding HIV, following in the footsteps of his mother, the late Princess Diana.
During her lifetime, Diana campaigned tirelessly to reduce the stigma people suffering from HIV suffer on a daily basis.
Pictures of the Princess of Wales shaking hands with an HIV sufferer upon opening Middlesex Hospital made national news, and helped to dispel some of the myths around how HIV is transmitted.
During a speech for the Children and AIDS Conference in 1991, Diana said: “HIV does not make people dangerous to know.
“You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it.
“What’s more, you can share their homes, their workplaces, and their playgrounds and toys.”
In much of his charitable work, Prince Harry has continued where his mother left off after she died in 1997.
Prince Harry tribute: The iconic image of Princess Diana walking over a landmine site in Angola in 1997 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry tribute: Prince Harry visiting a landmine in Mozambique in 2010 (Image: GETTY)
As well as building awareness of HIV, Diana also worked hard to raise awareness of landmines.
Pictures of Diana walking over an active landmine site in Angola became some of the most iconic photos taken of her during her lifetime.
Several years later, Harry visited the site where Diana once walked over in Huambo, which is now a bustling town with shops and schools.
Similar pictures were also taken of Harry wearing a vest and visor, as he too walked over an active landmine in Angola.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK