Caroline Fiennes and the CEO of the anti-monarchist group Republic discussed royal patronages on the Abolish the Monarchy podcast. Ms Fiennes is the founder of Giving Evidence, an organisation that works to improve the effectiveness of charitable giving by encouraging and enabling giving based on evidence.
Ms Fiennes stated during the podcast that she was not an anti-monarchist and was just reporting the findings of her study into royal patronages.
She criticised the way royal patronages are listed on the royal website.
Ms Fiennes said: “The lists are just incomplete, for example, Prince Harry is a patron of the Halo Trust and has been since 2013.
“But that is not on the list of his patronages on the royal website.
“That is the charity for which his mother walked through that minefield in Angola.
“So it is really high-profile, so it is a surprise.”
Buckingham Palace and the Halo Trust has been contacted for comment.
On the Halo Trust website it states: “We were proud to welcome Prince Harry to our programme in Angola.
“He visited the first minefield being cleared as part of our groundbreaking project to protect the precious Okavango headwaters in the southeast of the country.
“The Duke then returned to Huambo and the area where his mother walked through a HALO minefield in 1997.
“Following in Princess Diana’s footsteps, the Duke has drawn the world’s attention to landmines—the unhealed scars of war—and called on international support to ensure that we do not turn our backs on the 60 million people around the world still living in fear of these weapons of war, ensuring his mother’s legacy lives on.”
While the Halo Trust’s website states regarding Princess Diana: “The landmine issue shot to international prominence in 1997 when Princess Diana walked through one of HALO’s minefields in Angola.
“Shortly after her visit, the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty was signed, calling for all countries to unite to rid the world of landmines.”
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In January 1997 Princess Diana across a minefield in central Angola.
She was photographed wearing protective clothing and equipment during the walk.
Princess Diana also met with landmine survivors in Angola.
This greatly raised the profile of the landmine issue worldwide.
— to www.express.co.uk