The Duke of Sussex has today, July 1, 2020, made an appearance at the first virtual Diana Award ceremony on what would have been his late mother’s 59th birthday. Calling in from Los Angeles, Prince Harry, 35, surprised young changemakers with a congratulatory video message on behalf of him and his brother, Prince William.
The Duke gave a special mention to those who have been awarded for their work on issues related to race and injustice, including 24-year-old James Frater from London, who is tackling racial inequality by creating initiatives to increase the representation of black students at university.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award was established in 1999 by a board chaired by the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who felt that the award would reflect the personal interest of Diana, Princess of Wales in supporting the outstanding achievements of young people. The Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
The organization is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. Its programs cover Mentoring, Anti-Bullying and the Diana Award
Harry said: “I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honor the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you. You are all doing such incredible work and at a time of great uncertainty, you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world, and I love that The Diana Award is able to help you do it. I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you she would have been fighting your corner. Like many of you, she never took the easy route, she never took the popular one, or the comfortable one. But she stood for something. And she stood up for people who needed it.
“Right now, we’re seeing situations around the world where division, isolation and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface. But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands.”
The Duke added: “My wife said recently “My wife [Meghan] said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry – sorry that we haven’t got the world to a place you deserve it to be. Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you.”
Harry added: “I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change that you are all leading. Now is the time and we know that you can do it.”
Source: Hello! Magazine