‘She Taught Me That Everyone Has…’: Prince William Pays Tribute to His Mother Princess Diana At Public Event

Last Updated: March 15, 2024, 11:41 IST

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The Prince of Wales, Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Harry seen attending the Heads of State ceremony in Hyde Park to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VE Day in London, in this file photo from 1995. (Image: Reuters)

Prince William speaks about Princess Diana’s legacy and the charity named after her, emphasising its inspirational work supporting youth worldwide

Britain’s Prince William remembered his late mother at an award function on Thursday, saying Princess Diana would have been honoured to see a charity established in her name performing “inspirational work” to aid young people globally.

He made these remarks during the Diana Award that was set up 25 years ago in memory of King Charles’ first wife, who was killed at the age of 36 in a 1997 car crash in Paris when William was 15. The charity’s Legacy Award, which recognises young people for their social action of humanitarian work, was set up in 2017, with a ceremony held every two years.

As many as recipients from across the globe were honoured at the ceremony including three from Britain and the US with other recipients coming from countries such as Pakistan, the UAE, and Jamaica. The Prince of Wales said his mother’s legacy was something both he and his wife Kate had sought to focus on through their work.

“I know that she would have been honoured to see a charity in her name doing such inspirational work to uplift young people from all corners of the globe,” the heir to the throne said in a speech at London’s Science Museum where the ceremony was held. “She taught me that everyone has the potential to give something back, that everyone in need deserves a supporting hand in life,” William added.

The ceremony comes in a week in which William’s wife Kate, 42, apologised after her office issued a photograph she had edited of herself with the couple’s three children. Prominent news outlets, including Reuters and AFP, withdrew the picture after post-publication analysis showed it did not meet their editorial standards. The picture attracted huge media attention as it was the first official photograph of Kate since she spent two weeks in hospital after undergoing abdominal surgery in January, with her absence from royal duties sparking social media speculation.

(With agency inputs)

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