Prince Harry quietly visited a hospital catering for HIV patients as part of his commitment to raise awareness about the virus.
The 32-year-old’s recent trip to the Mildmay Mission Hospital in East London, Friday, September 9, was just as quiet as his last visit in December 2015.
According to Simon Perry for people.com, during Friday’s visit, the prince talked to the clinic’s staff, met with patients and spent some time learning a bit more about the work in the clinic.
Prince Harry was reportedly shocked to discover his mother, Princess Diana who died in 1997 had secretly visited the hospital seventeen times – only three of her trips were official.
Princess Diana’s visits to Mildway became popular in 1989 after she shook hands with several AIDS patients without wearing hand gloves and even kissed a male AIDS patient on the cheek.
Prince Harry Exalts Princess Diana’s Contribution In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS
While speaking at the International AIDS Conference in South Africa this past July, Prince Harry praised his mother’s contribution in the fight against HIV.
The prince said, “When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that just over a quarter of a century later, treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy, long lives. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to us defeating this disease once and for all.”
As at Princess Diana’s visit in 1989, there was so much discrimination and little information about the virus.
Her actions went a long way to reduce the stigma and ignorance associated with the virus.
Now, her son, Prince Harry wants to continue from where his mother stopped.