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Fist bump seals friendship for Harry and young patient at Angolan clinic

Harry was visiting a clinic in the city of Huambo and named it in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry could not resist kneeling down and giving six-year-old Barnaby Jose Mar a fist-bump (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Harry could not resist kneeling down and giving six-year-old Barnaby Jose Mar a fist-bump (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent in Huambo, Angola

A little boy made a new friend when the Duke of Sussex visited an Angolan orthopaedic centre.

Harry could not resist kneeling down and giving six-year-old Barnaby Jose Mar a fist bump, which the youngster clearly enjoyed.

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Harry met Barnaby and Francisco at the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The duke came across the tiny patient when he visited the clinic in the city of Huambo and named it in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

When the royal guest arrived the six-year-old, who was born with a condition that means he has problems controlling his limbs, was practising walking with the help of a double bar along with his friend Francisco Xavier, aged five.

Harry crouched down to interact with the little boy before he met Justina Cesar, who lost her right leg to a landmine when she was just three-years-old.

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Harry meets patients at the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre in Huambo (Ian Vogler/PA)

She had met Diana when she visited Angola in 1997 to highlight the plight of those injured by the military munitions and call for a ban on the weapons.

The duke greeted her with a warm hug, and asked: “I think you were 15 at the time – do you remember meeting my mother?”

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“It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother... If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield. To see this as a thriving community is amazing.” – The Duke of Sussex Above, some words from The Duke of Sussex as he spoke candidly today about his experience retracing his mother’s visit to Angola in 1997. He was able to see firsthand more of the legacy she left on the world. Princess Diana brought global attention to the issue of landmines and helped change the future for this community in Huambo, and many more like it. This afternoon, 22 years later, The Duke was able to walk the same path, but now rather than walking amongst mines, he was able to walk among a bustling community with schools, colleges and small businesses. Earlier today The Duke joined @thehalotrust to once again highlight the issue of landmines that still threatens more than 60 million people worldwide. #RoyalVisitAngola Video © SussexRoyal

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Speaking afterwards, Ms Cesar, 38, said that she had no idea who Diana was when she visited the orthopaedic centre 22 years ago.

“People just said she was a princess. They asked us to come and meet her. But they did not say how important she was.

“She greeted us, and laid her hand on my brow. I was so happy about that. She was very special.”

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Diana, with Sandra Tigica, 13, in Angola in 1997 (PA)

When she learned that Diana had died, “I felt a mighty sadness. Someone who cared very much for mine victims had gone.

“But I was very happy that Diana’s son had come to continue the work that she had started.

“I am so happy. This is a very special day. I had so much to say to him, but I could barely speak.”

Ms Cesar, who has three children and works as a government clerk, said she gave Harry a copy of her project to help landmine victims. “I would like him to sponsor it,” she said.

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