Prince Harry Greets Sandra Thijika, The Landmine Victim Who Met Princess Diana 22 Years Ago

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At the orthopaedic centre now renamed after Princess Diana, Harry met with the landmine victim photographed with his mother in 1997

Harry and Meghan’s royal tour of southern Africa has been chock-full of incredibly joyous moments but there have also been some poignant ones, not least Harry following in his mother’s footsteps in Angola.

The Duke of Sussex visited a Halo Trust mine-site. It was with Halo Trust that his mother, the late Princess Diana, had worked in 1997 to bring worldwide attention to the number of minefields in Angola and the people who had been seriously injured by mines. One such person was Sandra Thijika who met Diana in 1997 at an orthopaedic workshop when she was just 13 years old. After watching Sandra being measured for a prosthetic leg, Diana and Sandra were famously photographed under a fig tree with Sandra sitting on Diana’s lap. Sandra said of the occasion, "She was speaking to me and I felt very happy, I felt very complete to have the attention of a princess.

Harry and Sandra met at the official renaming of the hospital, which is now the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre in honour of Harry’s mother. Sandra is now a mother of five and told the Duke that she named a daughter after Diana. The Duke also met with another landmine victim, Justina Cesar who lost her leg at just 3 years old and also met Diana in 1997 when she was 15.

 

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