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Prince Harry delivers emotional speech honoring late mother after her birthday at The Diana Award

by Mohsina Naveed

Prince Harry delivers emotional speech honoring late mother after her birthday at The Diana Award.

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On Tuesday, 2nd July, The Diana Award hosted UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit. The Duke of Sussex attended the summit and also gave a heartfelt speech about his experience in fatherhood and opened up about his late mother, Princess Diana.

The Diana Award

The Diana Award was set up in 1999 in order to continue Princess Diana’s legacy and support her belief in young people having the power to change the world. The description for the charity states, “Our mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.”

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In addition, it says, “We’re proud to be the only charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. It’s a big mission but there are two things within it that we focus our charity’s efforts on young people and change.”

Furthermore, it details their programs dedicated to the youth. The page says,  “Our Anti-Bullying work encourages change in attitudes and behaviors for young people by young people. Our Mentoring schemes guide change for some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and our flagship Award program recognizes the young people driving selfless change across the world.”

Prince Harry

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The Duke of Sussex attends the summit

Moreover, Prince Harry attended the event hosted by The Diana Award. He joined a number of business leaders to raise awareness about the significance of mentoring opportunities for the youth. The official page of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted a few photos from the summit.

The caption said, “Today, The Duke of Sussex attended UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit, hosted by @DianaAward. The Diana Award, created in 1999, is a continuation of Princess Diana’s legacy and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.”

 

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Moreover, it described the event, “Young people shared their experiences of being mentees and explained why it is so important to them to have businesses, organisations and leaders support mentoring. ”

Prince Harry delivers speech

Harry gave an emotional speech during the summit. “I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model,” he said.

“The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realize that someone looks up to them, that – for that person – you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful,” he continued.

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Additionally, he talked about his son with Meghan Markle, “Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps. But it’s not just my role as a father that shows me that;  it’s in the people I see every day that don’t realize how inspirational they are to those watching.”

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Honoring late mother, Princess Diana

Furthermore, Harry continued his speech by opening up about his late mother. He said, “My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realizing the impact she would have on so many lives.”

He further added, “You don’t have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model. In fact, it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable. Being a role model and mentor can help heal the wounds of your own past and create a better future for someone else.”

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Lastly, he concluded his speech by mentioning Princess Diana’s 58th birthday. He said, “To the mentees here today, I am incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved, and I can safely say that my mother, who would have turned 58 yesterday, would feel the same.”



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