Prince Harry has taken on two more patronages and at least one of the charities is a direct nod to his late mother's work and her lasting legacy. Clarence House quietly added the HALO Trust and Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme to Prince Harry's list of patronages today, March 7. That brings the Prince of Wales' total number of patronages to twelve.
"Prince Harry has today become patron of the HALO Trust’s 25th Anniversary Appeal in support of the pioneering charity’s commitment to getting mines out of the ground, for good," a statement on Halo Trust's website confirms. "The HALO Trust clears landmines and unexploded ordnance from war-torn countries so that some of the world’s most vulnerable people can plant their crops, rebuild their homes and raise their families in safety."
By cementing an official relationship with the landmine clearance charity, Prince Harry directly continues his mother's work. The late Princess Diana drew the world's attention to the problem when, in 1997, she visited minefields being cleared in Angola shortly before her death.
In addition, Prince Harry has expanded his work with the Rugby Football Union to include a program that will push to put the game in all secondary schools. “This patronage will allow Prince Harry to combine his passion for rugby with his work to help children and young people in society to build their skills, confidence and aspirations. Prince Harry recognizes that rugby can play an important role in helping to achieve this," a spokesperson for St. James’s Palace said.
Harry is already a vice patron of the Rugby Football Union and a patron of the RFU's Injured Player's Foundation.