Prince Harry has been following in Princess Diana ’s footsteps with his passion for fighting against HIV and also combating the stigma around the virus. While visiting Amsterdam in support of the International AIDS Conference, AIDS2018, the royal united with an old family friend (and one of his mother’s dear pals), Sir Elton John. The duo teamed up to spearhead the annual gathering and launch the billion-dollar MenStar Coalition, which is aimed at “expanding the diagnoses and treatment of HIV infections in men, with the aim of ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” according to Kensington Palace.
As part of his royal outing in the Netherlands, the 33-year-old also met with delegates from his charity Sentebale, which was founded in 2006 and supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by the HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, two countries close to Harry’s heart. During a Facebook live before taking the stage, Prince Harry explained: “We have to put the power into the hands of the younger generation, because that’s where the solutions are going to come from. That’s where the passion and engagement is coming from as well.”
He continued: “There is a generational gap — there’s a generational gap in pretty much every problem we have at the moment — but the younger generation not only have the solutions but have the capability to be able to solve these problems in a much shorter period.”
The royal, who recently said “I do” to Meghan Markle, has made it clear how dedicated he is to the causes he cares about. To rid the world of HIV stigma, Harry has been publicly tested for the disease twice in hopes of encouraging young adults to seek the help they may need. One of these times, he joined Rihanna in her home country of Barbados. In he and Meghan’s first outing right after announcing their engagement in November 2017, the beautiful couple headed to Nottingham Academy for the World Aids Day Fair, where they saw a UK Aids Memorial Quilt, showing the names of those who have lost their lives to the infection.