Saturday, May 20, 2017

Princes William, Harry honor youth following in Princess Diana's footsteps - ABCnews

Prince William and Prince Harry celebrated 20 young people who best embody the ideals of their mother, the late Princess Diana, at an event today at St. James's Palace.

The winners of the inaugural Legacy Award from the Diana Award charity were recognized for their contributions and acts of goodwill. The winners were described as exemplifying the Princess of Wales' commitment to kindness, compassion and service.

"This summer marks 20 years since our mother died," Prince William said today. "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."

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Princes William, Harry honor youth following in Princess Diana's footsteps

William, 34, noted the young age at which Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, saying, "The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today."

Harry, 32, noted that Diana did some of her greatest humanitarian work out of the spotlight.

"One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching," he said. "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."

William and Harry are patrons of countless charities that carry on their mother's legacy. They also created The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which reflects their charitable interests along with William's wife, Princess Kate.

"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," William said. - Read More


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