Even while staying in the United States, Prince Harry is working to draw awareness to relief efforts for the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday, he wrote a letter to the staff at the HALO Trust — a foundation closely linked with his mother. In the letter, he appreciated them for continued work and dedication to eradicating the pandemic.
The HALO Trust is one of the many foundations that Princess Diana had affiliations with before she passed. The foundation helps to eradicate war debris in devastated countries. In 1997, Diana famously partnered with them to help out in Angola.
Speaking on their efforts during the pandemic, Prince Harry praised them for showing humanity at this time. Apart from their work to clear landmines, they've also provided several amenities. These include protective gear, hygiene products, and more.
Harry recognized their switch in operations. He also commended them for their work even while other countries remain in lockdown. In part, the Prince added:
"As countries closed their borders...many might have chosen to suspend operations. Instead, HALO kept open."
Prince Harry commended the foundation for having the flexibility to pivot. Given that they didn't have to, he explained that their actions had shown humanity's best side.
In addition to Angola, the HALO Trust now works across Somalia, Libya, and other neighboring countries.
Apart from landmines, the foundation showed that the U.K could do more for Angola.
According to reports, Princess Diana had famously gone through a mine-laced street when she made a trip to Angola back in 1997. The feat earned her the nickname "Loose Cannon." Despite the backlash, however, she continued with her efforts.
Last year, Harry walked on the same street during a commemoratory visit. In a speech, he praised the work that the HALO Trust had continued to do, even years after his mother had passed. He said in part:
"It has been emotional retracing my mother's steps along this street 22 years on, and seeing the transformation that has taken place..."
Harry added that apart from landmines, the foundation showed that the U.K could do more for Angola. As he highlighted, they can help with issues like job creation, hunger, and healthcare.
At the time, he was on a tour of the African continent with Meghan Markle and his son, Archie. Harry also visited a mine site, where he met with community members and learned more about the demining efforts.
James Cowan, the organization's top official, praised Harry's visit. Per reports, he called it an acknowledgment of Diana's legacy and a signal that Harry would carry on.
April 21, 2020