The Duke of
Sussex has delivered an emotional video message in support of The Diana
Award on what would have been his mother Princess Diana’s 61st birthday.
Appearing in one of several
videos, Harry – who served as a host of the ceremony – made reference to how
much Diana’s voice is still in his life, particularly now that he has become a
husband to Meghan Markle and a parent to their two children, Archie,
three, and Lilibet, one.
“This is a special
year,” Harry said in one clip shared on Instagram. “And one
where I hope we take extra time, to not just remember how she lived, but to
reflect on the life she continues to lead through so many, including the young
change-makers with us today.
“My mother instilled in
me, and in all of us, a drive to speak up and fight for a better world. And now
as a husband and a parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life.
“All of you have helped
keep her voice alive by showing the world how each small action counts, how
kindness is still valued, and how our world can be better if we choose to make
The Diana Award takes place
annually on the late Princess’ birthday. It was established in 1999 in memory
of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to
change the world.
The charity, which runs
anti-bullying and mentoring programmes, also rewards young people who carry out
inspiring work. Each year, thousands of young people are nominated by
individuals and their communities to highlight these selfless acts.
The Duke said his mother’s voice is still present in his life
Prince William also shared an
important message in honour of The Diana Award on Friday, releasing a
statement that read in part: “Congratulations on receiving The Diana Award
today! You are part of an inspirational generation of young people who are
changing the world through your actions, and I hugely admire your efforts. Your
stories are remarkable.
“Many of you face huge
challenges in the face of difficult times, yet you are tirelessly breaking down
barriers to create a better future for us all. Thank you for your compassion,
bravery and absolute determination. You truly are the personification of my
mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all.”