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Prince Harry Visits HIV Hospital Where His Mom Princess Diana Famously Kissed AIDS Patient

by Jennifer Drysdale 5:30 PM PDT, September 14, 2016
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Prince Harry is following in his mother's footsteps.

The young royal visited Mildmay Mission Hospital in East London last Friday, the same hospital where his mother, Princess Diana, kissed an AIDS patient.

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Diana famously visited the hospital in 1989, shaking hands with an AIDS patient before kissing him on the cheek. The Princess' contact with the patient without wearing gloves went a long way in reducing stigma against the illness at the time.

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know," Diana was famously quoted. "You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it."

Harry's quiet visit to Mildmay marks a follow-up to the one he made last December, and the latest in his effort to fight AIDS.

In July, the royal, who turns 32 on Thursday, spoke at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

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"When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that just over a quarter of a century later, treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy, long lives," he said. "It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to us defeating this disease once and for all."

See more in the video below.

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