Princes William and Harry honoured their late mother, Princess Diana yesterday at a special ceremony.
The brothers presented the Inaugural Legacy Award, on behalf of The Diana Award, to 20 young individuals who were awarded for their outstanding displays of kindness, compassion and service to others.
“This summer marks 20 years since our mother died. She achieved so much in her life.”
“From helping to shatter the stigma around aids, to fighting to ban landmines and supporting the homeless — she touched the lives of millions,” said William.
“The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today.”
“But of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do.”
“But in one sense, Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others.”
Harry continued to highlight what he and William learnt from his late mother:
“One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching.”
“She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients; she spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone.”
“It is this spirit of quiet selflessness that unites these 20 recipients of the Legacy Award,” he said.
“Our mother once said that if we all play our part in making our children feel valued, the result will be tremendous.”
“This result was tremendous.”