Prince Harry has arrived in Amsterdam as he kicks off a two-day visit to the Netherlands.
The Duke of Sussex, 33, attended the International Aids Conference as he continues his mother’s work in supporting the fight against the HIV virus.
Harry, who is carrying out the engagement without the Duchess of Sussex, joined young advocates from his charity Sentebale to discuss issues faced by teenagers who have the disease.
Prince Harry meets with youth delegates from his charity Sentebale at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam to support the fight against the HIV
Last month the prince made a private trip to visit the charity’s projects in Lesotho
The duke joined a session at the conference where youth delegates from countries including India, Zimbabwe and the US spoke about how Aids has affected their lives.
At the end they all gathered for a group picture and Harry even posed for a selfie with one of them.
For the past few years, Harry has been a committed HIV/Aids campaigner, raising awareness about the disease and even being publicly tested for the virus a number of times – once with superstar singer Rihanna in Barbados in 2016.
Harry is continuing the work of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who was the first member of the royal family to have contact with a person suffering from HIV/Aids.
Prince Harry posed for photos with some of the young advocates at the Amsterdam event
The royal, 33, was on hand to promote the work of his charity Sentebale
Young charity workers and advocates were delighted to meet Harry following a discussion
The duke joined a session at the conference where youth delegates from countries including India, Zimbabwe and the US spoke about how Aids has affected their lives
In the late 1980s, when many still believed the disease could be contracted through casual contact, she sat on the sickbed of a man with Aids and held his hand.
Both publicly and privately she supported the work of those helping patients, with late-night trips to east London’s Mildmay HIV hospice, and serving as patron of the NAT (National Aids Trust).
The duke’s charity Sentebale focuses on supporting HIV-positive young people in the African nations of Lesotho and Botswana.
The organisation’s Let Youth Lead programme gives young people a public voice on the issue of Aids and how if affects their lives.
The prince took part in a live Facebook chat about the issue of tackling HIV. He said young people must be given more of an input into the campaign
On Tuesday, Harry and Sir Elton John will share a platform at the conference as the celebrity – who performed at the duke’s recent wedding – launches the MenStar Coalition, a global Aids organisation aimed at targeting HIV infections in men.
Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society and AIDS 2018 co-chair, said about Harry: ‘His genuine commitment to the fight against AIDS is inspiring a whole new generation of leaders and reminding the world that AIDS is not over.
‘We are so grateful to him for his leadership in the HIV response and the strong collaboration between Sentebale and the International AIDS Society.’
How Diana’s handshake with Aids patient changed world’s view of the disease
In April 1987, Princess Diana shook hands with a gay man who was dying of AIDS.
The People’s Princess touched the unnamed man without wearing gloves, challenging the previously believed notion the disease could be passed via skin-to-skin contact.
She was quoted as saying: ‘HIV does not make people dangerous to know.
‘You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it’.
At the time, Princess Diana was opening the UK’s first unit that exclusively cared for HIV/AIDS patients at London Middlesex Hospital.
Princess Diana was famously the first member of the Royal Family to touch someone with AIDS.
It is unclear if this picture is the first time she made physical contact with an HIV-infected patient.
The People’s Princess would also regularly visit the Lighthouse, both with the media present and without.
According to Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of the HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust: ‘London Lighthouse offered residential and day care for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS, and provided a refuge and respite to people marginalised and abandoned because of their diagnosis’.
Princess Diana was a patron of the National AIDS Trust at the time of her death in 1997.