Like mother, like son. Prince Harry is continuing the groundbreaking work of his late mother Princess Diana by supporting the fight against HIV and AIDS. The 33-year-old royal kicked off a two-day International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam Monday.
He addressed the issues faced by teens with the disease, and promoted policy changes and education.
"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 explained in a Facebook Live video. "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."
Harry attended the conference on behalf of Sentebale, a charity he co-founded with his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Last month, he traveled there to open a new school. Kensington Palace released photos of the trip on Monday.
LAUNCHING FOUNDATION WITH ELTON JOHN
The Elton John AIDS Foundation and International AIDS Foundation have announced that Sir Elton John and Harry are launching a new global coalition to treat HIV infections in men.
John said in a statement: "Two years ago at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth — the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling. Since then, my foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries. A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men’s access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services."