Prince Harry to visit Diana’s Angola land mine project

Britain’s Prince Harry takes part in activities with children at the Khayelitsha Football for Hope project in Cape Town, in 2015. (Reuters)
Updated 06 September 2019

Prince Harry to visit Diana’s Angola land mine project

  • The pictures of Diana wearing protective gear as she walked among red skull-and-crossbone signs in 1997 won vital publicity for the Halo Trust
  • Harry, 34, the queen’s grandson and seventh-in-line to the throne, is a frequent visitor to southern Africa for conservation work and holidays

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry will make a poignant visit to Angola this month to visit the land mine clearance project that featured in some of the most famous photographs of his late mother Princess Diana.
The pictures of Diana wearing protective gear as she walked among red skull-and-crossbone signs in 1997 won vital publicity for the Halo Trust which was clearing mines left during Angola’s civil war.
Diana died a few months before the international treaty to ban the weapons was signed later that year.
“(Harry) will visit the location where his mother was photographed. He will see how an area that was a dangerous minefield in 1997 is now a busy street with schools, shops and houses,” Buckingham Palace said on Friday.
Harry, his wife Meghan and their baby son Archie will start their 10-day tour in Cape Town, South Africa, while Harry will also go to Malawi and Botswana at the request of the Foreign Office, the palace added.
The trip will be the first official tour as a family for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan, 37, a former US actress, gave birth to Archie, their first child, in May. Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be among the dignitaries the couple will meet during the visit.
Harry, 34, the queen’s grandson and seventh-in-line to the throne, is a frequent visitor to southern Africa for conservation work and holidays.
The trip will take place between Sept. 23 and Oct. 2.


Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

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Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

  • Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1
  • Shaikh was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives

LONDON: A woman appeared in court on Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses including scoping out St. Paul’s cathedral as a possible bomb target.
Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1, police said.
Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives.
The preparations also included traveling to London and staying at a hotel to conduct reconnaissance, police added in a statement.
The statement of charges said she “noted the hotel’s suitability as a target for a bomb (and) attended St. Paul’s to scope it, for security and for the best place to plant a second bomb.”
She is also charged with preparing the words of a pledge of allegiance to Daesh.