Prince Harry appreciated the young people working to erase violence and racial discrimination in society.
Princess Diana remains one of the most loved and respected royals despite her passing years ago. Her legacy is carried on by her children, Prince William and Harry, who make it a point to remember the works of their great mother.
Harry particularly has been immensely active in following his mother's footsteps. According to People, Harry made a special appearance during the Diana Award ceremony that was on July 1st. The day would have been marked the 59th birthday of the beautiful princess if was not for her early demise.
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The prince addressed the guests through a video and used the opportunity to honor the young people, who made outstanding contributions. He 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."
He then went on to remember his mother and the way she stood up for what she believed in. He recalled the courage she showed to take the difficult route even when she was blessed with a privileged life.
"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," said the 35-year-old, according to Hello Magazine.
Further, he addressed the current events around the world that are fuelled by the racial divides and the pain associated with 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." added the father of one.
He even apologized for being part of a generation that could not do many things to undo the wrongs committed by the previous generations.
Further, he condemned racism and stated that it had no place in society. "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," said Harry.
The prince added that he and his wife were committed to resolving the existing challenges prevalent in society. "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," said Harry.
During the speech, Harry gave a special mention to those who worked for issues relating to racial injustice. 24-year-old James Frater from London, 19-year-old Demetri Addison from Jamaica, 17-year-old Jhemar Jonas from South London, 19-year-old Shanea Kerry Oldham from London were some of those names. These youngsters have been active in advocating against racial violence. They have helped in creating awareness about youth violence and have contributed to creating a safe space for young people facing violence.
The virtual ceremony also had celebrities such as former One Direction star Liam Payne and actors Miranda Hart, Dame Emma Thompson and Will Poulter.