William and Harry On Diana's Legacy
PRINCE WILLIAM took the opportunity while presenting 20 young people with the Legacy Award – the award set up by in Princess Diana’s name to recognise the impact they have made on society – to honour his late mother yesterday.
“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.”
Prince Harry also joined his brother at the event, echoing his sentiment, and heaping praise on the recipients of the award.
“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.”
The event at St James’ Palace came just before the royal brothers attend the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister’s wedding this weekend. While details about Pippa Middleton’s nuptials have been kept firmly under wraps, all eyes will be on bridesmaid and page boy Princess Charlotte and Prince George; what the bride will wear; and if Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle will be the exception to the “no-ring, no-bring” guest list rule.