Prince Harry made a surprise video address on Wednesday to the virtual award ceremony honoring young people in the name of his late mother, Princess Diana.
Harry’s recording for the Diana Award ceremony was especially poignant as it fell on what would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday, July 1.
“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,” the prince said. “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.”
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“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 didn’t take the easy route or the popular one or the comfortable one. But she stood for something and she stood up for people who needed it,” he continued. “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.”
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