Prince Harry remains passionate and committed to the issue of HIV/AIDs despite stepping down as a senior member of the Royal Family, a charity boss has said.
Ian Green, the Chief Executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, spoke to The Mirror last month about the continued impact of the late Princess Diana’s work in fighting HIV/AIDS through her son Prince Harry.
Green said: “I was privileged to meet the Princess a couple of times, not in relation to Terrence Higgins Trust, but other charities.
“And what I noticed about her was how genuine she was, how that she would pin people in authority to making commitments but in a really disarming way. And I certainly see that within Prince Harry as well.”
The Terrence Higgins Chief Executive also spoke about the importance of Prince Harry’s own actions in tackling testing for HIV.
He revealed: “I mean, he’s indicated, when I first met him about three, three or four years ago now, that HIV was one of his real passions, and one of the main causes he was going to focus on, and he certainly kept his promise.
“And when he took an HIV test, publicly, there was a 500% increase in orders for HIV self-testing kits, on our websites. And he said very publicly, that everybody should know their status.
“Because if somebody is HIV positive and gets on treatment, their outcomes are good now. So I think he’s done a huge amount to encourage people to get tested, but also continue to chip away at the stigma as his mother did. So I think there’s there are these huge similarities between the two of them.”
Despite stepping down as a senior member of the Royal Family alongside his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, Green says that the Duke of Sussex remains focused on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.
“He remains passionate and committed to HIV as a cause,” noted Green. “Along with our colleagues at Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Trust, we published the HIV commission report a couple of weeks ago, more day to day, setting out what needs to be done to end new HIV transmissions in the country by 2030, and the Prince publicly endorsed it and made a public statement.
“So he’s still active. He’s still there. I know that we can still turn to him if we need his support and his help.”
Meanwhile, the royal biographer and writer of recent book Prince Philip Revealed, Ingrid Seward, also said about how “very proud” Diana was of her charity work and how this lives on through both Prince Harry and his elder brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
“Her legacy is her sons and her sons have taken up her causes,” noted Seward. “And in that, that means that they’ll continue forever, which is great.”
Prince Harry currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Meghan and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The pair have signed a multi-year deal to produce content for streaming giant Netflix and have also launched their own podcast on Spotify for who they will produce and present content.
Meanwhile, Prince William remains second-in-line to the throne of the United Kingdom and continues to work as a senior member of the Royal Family in the UK alongside his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.