Prince Harry paid tribute to his mother’s legacy as he presented the virtual Diana Awards today, on what would have been her 61st birthday.
The Duke of Sussex told how Diana had a ‘drive to speak up and fight for a better world’, adding: ‘My mother’s voice is even stronger in my life.’
Meanwhile Prince William, 40, sent a letter to winners saying his mother would be ‘so proud’ of what they have achieved.
The prestigious award honors people aged 9-25 for their social action and humanitarian work.
The award ceremony honored 180 young philanthropists from 29 countries around the world, including 40 from the UK.
The Duke of Sussex told how Diana had a ‘drive to speak up and fight for a better world’, adding: ‘My mother’s voice is even stronger in my life’
Prince William has released a statement in honour of this year’s Diana Award, which takes place annually on what would have been her 61st birthday
The Duke of Cambridge, 40, called this years recipients ‘an inspiration’ and said Diana ‘would be so proud’, in the emotional letter on Friday
The prince wrote: ‘Congratulations on receiving The Diana Award today!
‘You are part of an inspirational generation of young people who are changing the world through your actions, and I hugely admire your efforts. Your stories are remarkable.
‘Many of you face huge challenges in the face of difficult times, yet you are tirelessly breaking down barriers to create a better future for us all.
‘Thank you for your compassion, bravery and absolute determination. You truly are the personification of my mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all.’
Diana, Princess of Wales arrives with baby Prince William at Aberdeen airport on October 24, 1983
The royal added: ‘I believe there’s no better way to celebrate her life and work than through recognising incredible people who dedicate so much time and effort to helping those around them.
‘I hope that you stand proud in the knowledge that you are making a real difference and that you enjoy today’s ceremony – you deserve it!’
Both William and his brother Prince Harry support the Diana Award, which is the only charity that carries their mother’s name.
The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world.
The charity runs anti-bullying and mentoring programmes while also rewarding young people who carry out inspiring work.
This August marks 25 years since Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 (Prince William and Harry at their mothers funeral in 1997)
Each year, thousands of young people are nominated by individuals and their communities to highlight these selfless acts.
Tessy Ojo, the chief executive of the Diana Award, said: ‘We warmly congratulate our new Diana Award recipients from the UK and across the world who are changemakers for their generation.
‘These young people demonstrate that young people have the power to change the world; a belief also held by Princess Diana.
‘It is especially poignant as we remember Princess Diana twenty-five years on.
‘We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own change making journey.’
Last year William and Harry got together to unveil a statue of the late Princess in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden
This August marks 25 years since Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
Last year William and Harry got together to unveil a statue of the late Princess in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden.
In a a joint statement they said: ‘Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
‘Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.’
Prince William with Diana and a young Prince Harry on the day he joined Eton in September 1995