The newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have scheduled their first official event since announcing their engagement: an appearance on World AIDS Day, as a tribute to the legacy of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
World AIDS Day is Friday. Kensington Palace says the couple will “undertake their first official engagement” by meeting “representatives of organisations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.”
In a series of tweets, Kensington Palace said Harry “is looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him” and that they will spend the day visiting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair.
Later in the day, the couple plans to visit with the staff at the Full Effect program, which helps prevent “young people from turning to violence and crime.”
Harry’s mother spent a good portion of the mid-1980s educating the world about HIV and AIDS. She publicly challenged stigmas associated with the disease, famously shaking the hands of a man with the illness without gloves on in front of global media during a time when people thought the disease could be transmitted via touch. She also opened the “UK’s first purpose built HIV/Aids unit that exclusively cared for patients infected with the virus, at London Middlesex Hospital.”
In a statement obtained by Elle UK, the palace said, “Prince Harry has spent a significant amount of private and public time in the city, and His Royal Highness is looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him.”