Prince Harry and Prince William honor Princess Diana’s legacy on her birthday

last July, Prince Harry and Prince William in honor of what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, together in a Kensington Palace ceremony where a statue of the last princess was unveiled. On Friday, they each paid tribute to their mother and her charitable heritage. In a letter to Diana Award winners, William said they were the “personification” of her legacy, while Harry recorded an emotional video message that was shared as part of the award’s virtual ceremony.

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“This is a special year, and I hope we take extra time not only to remember her as she lived, but also to reflect on the life she continues to lead through so many, including the young change-makers who join us today. be,” Harry says. said. “My mother instilled in me, and all of us, a drive to speak up and fight for a better world. And now, as a husband and parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life.”

In the letter, which was printed on Kensington Palace stationery, William praised the winners for overcoming hurdles in their path to charitable success. “Thank you for your compassion, courage and absolute determination,” it read. “You really are the personification of my mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of all of you. I believe there is no better way to celebrate her life and work than by recognizing incredible people who devote so much time and effort to helping those around them.”

Awards in memory of Diana were first presented in 1999, but in 2007 they were relaunched as a charity and renamed the Diana Award. The awards are designed to honor people ages nine to 25 around the world who have worked for change in their communities. Both Harry and William have attended ceremonies and other events since launch.

This year, awards were presented to 180 recipients, including 20 in the United States, and the virtual ceremony spotlighted young activists who campaigned for animal rights, established tutoring programs to tackle learning loss during the pandemic and tackle food insecurity.

In a statement, the charity’s chief executive tessy eye explained the importance of the price. “These young people show that young people have the power to change the world; a belief that is also carried by Princess Diana,” she said. “It is especially poignant when we remember Princess Diana twenty-five years later. We know that by receiving this honor they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and start their own journey of change.”

August marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death at the age of 36 in a car accident in Paris. Although the brothers collaborated on the statue last year in their honor, their relationship is reportedly still strained and Harry did not return for a second palace staff ceremony held last October. The brothers both attended the Platinum Jubilee service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth at St. Paul’s Cathedral last month, but they had no interaction during the event.


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