The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have honoured their late mother’s memory after paying tribute to her in front of 42,000 young people given awards by the only charity that bears Diana’s name.
The brothers have written a foreword to a new book which marks the 15th anniversary of the Diana Award. The Diana Award was set up in 1999 by Gordon Brown to honour her legacy and belief that young people can change the world.
In their foreword, Diana’s sons said their mother would have been proud of the charity’s achievements.
“In recent years, we have both had the privilege of meeting some truly inspiring young people and those involved with the Diana Award are no exception working to quietly transform their communities and the lives of those around them.”
“Having met young people working with the charity in Newcastle and in London, we were struck in both cases by their deep and lasting sense of social responsibility.”
“These young people were working hard to tackle the social issues that affected them such as bullying or social exclusion and the Diana Award empowered them to do more.”
“This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Diana Award.”
“Over this time, the award has evolved to become a youth-driven charity that harnesses the energy and passion of young people who really are trailblazers for their generation.”
“We believe, when encouraged and supported, that young people have the ability to change society for the better.”
“We know that our mother in whose memory this award was established felt the same and would be proud of its achievements to date.”
In November last year, Prince William met young people involved in the Diana Award on a visit to a workshop in South Shields, Tyneside. This was the first time that the duke attended an engagement with the charity since 2007 when his bother hosted a tea-party for the children.