The Duke of Cambridge has sent a letter of support to The Diana Award, an award for young people named after his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, for the work the organisation does with young people.
William’s letter reads:
“I wanted to write to send my support and thanks to all the staff, volunteers and supporters of The Diana Award.
“My brother and I remain ever appreciative of the work you do to foster, develop and support young people, particularly at this time of uncertainty.
“Whilst you are finding yourselves adapting to new ways of working, there is no doubt that your support for you people, through what will be anxious and unsettling times for many, is as important as ever.
“This comes with my very best wishes for good health to you and your families over the coming weeks.”
The Diana Award organisers posted the letter on their Instagram account on Thursday.
“We’ve received a lovely message from HRH the Duke of Cambridge,” the caption reads. “Thank you to the Duke and the Duke of Sussex for all your support over the years and now in this uncertain time.
“We’re incredibly grateful for all of our supporters (including you reading this right now) for making it possible for us to help young people change the world. We hope this brightens your day – it certainly did ours!”
The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by the British Government as a way to continue Diana’s legacy “by establishing a formal way to recognise young people who were going above and beyond the expected in their local communities,” according to the Award’s website.
Over the past 20 years, The Diana Award has recognised the work of over 49,000 young people from all over the world “for their social action and humanitarian work.” With the Award’s anti-bullying programme, over 33,000 young people are trained in the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme, and their Mentoring Programme has helped nearly 2,000 young people.
William and Harry have both been involved with The Diana Award, attending the ceremonies and hosting receptions for winners at Kensington Palace.