He’s Devoted Himself To Fighting HIV/AIDS
Following in his mother’s tireless crusade against HIV and AIDS, the 32-year-old Prince founded Lesotho’s Sentebale charity in 2006, with an aim to help the victims of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.
Elsewhere, the red-headed Prince travels the world spreading awareness of the autoimmune disease much like his mother did years before him.
He’s Also Taking On Her Fight Against Landmines
In April, Prince Harry delivered a moving speech on International Mine Awareness Day, paying tribute to his mother’s tireless pursuit against landlines.
Twenty years after she began her fight to rid the world of landmines, Harry said: “…In the last months of her life, my mother campaigned to draw attention to the horrific and indiscriminate impact of landmines."
“She visited affected areas such as Huambo in Angola and Travis in Bosnia. She heard how people in these communities lived in constant fear that each step may be their last," he continued. "She met with those who had suffered life changing injuries as a result of anti-personnel mines, she listened to their stories, and helped share them with the world.”
He’s Teaming Up With Diana’s Closest Pals
In 2016, Prince Harry turned to Princess Diana’s close friend Sir Elton John to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and de-stigmatize the illness around the world.
Together, the Royal and the pop icon took the stage at an AIDS awareness conference in Durban, South Africa where the stars shared their thoughts on the topic at hand.
John would later praise the young Royal for his unique ability to draw people in, comparing him to his late mother, Princess Diana. "[Diana] had that ability to walk into a room and make people feel very at ease and he does that, too,” John told Hello! "People love him because he has his mother's ability to communicate so brilliantly on a very, very humble level and that's what she had.”
He’s On His Way To Becoming The ‘People’s Prince’
The Royal made headlines last year for his leading, fearless and approachable attitude toward his royal duties when he took an HIV test live on social media. Harry made the move in the hopes of encouraging more people to seek testing for the virus.
He Loves Kids Too
There certainly were no shortage of pictures that showed Princess Diana's obvious affection for little ones, and the same applies to 32-year-old Harry. The tall royal is often spotted kneeling down as he interacts and laughs with the countless children he meets during every public engagement.
He Struggles To Keep His Private Life Private
It certainly was no secret that Princess Diana played a losing battle for privacy in her days as a royal, and life for Prince Harry is rarely any different. In 2016, the heir opened up about his private life - or lack thereof - with the BBC. “Sadly that line between public and private life is almost non-existent anymore,” he said. “We will continue to do our best to ensure that there is the line.”
He most recently took the media on when his relationship with “Suits” actress Meghan Markle took over the front pages of newspapers around the globe. “He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it,” a statement from Kensington Palace read. “The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment [...] It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
He’s Not Afraid To Let His Vulnerable Side Show
As he's grown older, the red-headed Royal has become increasingly open and vocal about the loss of his mother. Just as Princess Diana did years before him, the Prince has recently been unafraid to open up about the good, the bad and the ugly of his life in the spotlight. “I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” he said in an ITV special. “For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”
He Always Makes Time For His Fans
Like mother, like son. The Royal has always taken time out to meet with the devoted crowd of onlookers who turn up to his engagements around the globe. But don’t count on him posing for your selfie anytime soon! Back in 2015, Harry declared war on the Instagram-led trend, saying, “No, I hate selfies. Seriously, you need to get out of it [the habit], I know you’re young, selfies are bad… Just take a normal photograph!”
He’s As Charming As His Mother
When in her presence, few could resist the undeniable charm of Princess Diana’s, and the same could be said of Harry’s handsome appeal as well. The royal approaches every royal engagement with an effortless sense of magnetism that draws everyone - from children to heads of state - to his side.
He Loves Hanging With Hollywood
Who could forget Princess Diana’s iconic dance in the arms of John Travolta?
Prince Harry, himself, isn’t afraid to mingle with the stars of Hollywood and has often been spotted enjoying the company of stars such as Coldplay, Jenna Coleman, Ellie Goulding, and most recently Meghan Markle.
He’s Revisiting Her Favourite Charities
In March of 2016, Harry paid a visit to the Leicestershire AIDS Support Service, 26 years after his mother first visited the same charity to launch a “panel of purses.” The historic visit saw him debut a special project of his own, unveiling a commemorative plaque in honour of the charity’s 30 years of work.
He’s Re-Inventing His Royal Title
Much like his mother did before him, Prince Harry appears to have thrown the rulebook out the window when it comes to living life as a Royal. Though his own set of rules may have led him to make controversial front-page news at times, the ginger hunk has clearly inherited Lady Diana's trailblazing nature.