Prince Harry says he sees his mother Princess Diana’s legacy in his own children every day
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Prince Harry said on Friday he saw Princess Diana’s legacy in his “own children every day” in a speech in her honor on her birthday.
“Today we reflect on what would have been my mother’s 61st birthday,” Harry said during a virtual ceremony to the recipients of the Diana Awards, which honor young philanthropists, People magazine reported. It was created in 1999, two years after his untimely death in a car accident in Paris at the age of 36. “And this year is also 25 years since her passing. There hasn’t been a day in the last two and a half decades that I haven’t thought about the mark she left not only on me and my brother, but over all of our lives.”
Harry said he saw the legacy of his mother – who was known for her charity work – in the recipients.
“I see her legacy in a Diana Award community that spans generations,” he continued. “I see her legacy every time I meet families, young people and children from all corners of the world. And I see my mother’s legacy when I look at my own children every day.”
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Harry has a son, Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1, whom he shares with wife Meghan Markle.
He said Diana taught him and his brother Prince William to ‘speak up and fight for a better world’, adding that he thought ‘as a husband and a parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life”.
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William also paid tribute to his mother in a letter to the winners which read in part: “You are truly the personification of my mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all. There’s no better way to celebrate his life and his work.” than recognizing incredible people who dedicate so much time and effort to helping those around them.”
William and Harry, now aged 39 and 37, were just 15 and 12 when their mother died. Images of the two young boys walking behind their mother’s coffin at her funeral in 1997 were etched in the memory of many people that day.
While the brothers’ relationship has been strained for a few years, they briefly got together last summer to unveil a statue erected in memory of their mother on her 60th birthday in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden.
In May this year, William spoke of his own grief as he paid personal tribute to the families of 22 people who were killed when a suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena five years ago. He and his wife, Kate Middleton, attended the official opening of a public memorial in the city.
The prince told the families of those who died that he knows “the pain and trauma felt by many has not gone away”.
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“As someone who lives with their own grief, I also know that often what matters most to mourners is that those we have lost are not forgotten,” William said. “There is comfort in remembering. In acknowledging that, although taken horribly early, they survived.”
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.