Prince Harry and Prince William have shared separate tributes to their mother on what would have been her 61st birthday.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared without his brother the Duke of Cambridge, 40, as he remembered their mother at a virtual ceremony for the Diana Awards, telling the young recipients that he still thinks about her ‘every day’.
The award show was broadcast online on July 1, a day after the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
‘There isn’t a day during the past two and a half decades where I haven’t thought about the mark she left, not only on me and my brother, but on all of our lives,’ he said.
‘I see her legacy in all of you. I see her legacy in a Diana Award community that spans multiple generations. I see her legacy every time I meet with families, young people, and children from all corner of the world.
‘And I see my mum’s legacy when I look at my own children every single day.’
Prince William, 40, did not take part in the ceremony and instead sent a letter to the winners saying his mother would be ‘so proud’ of what they achieved.
Prince Harry appeared via video link from an unknown location to welcome the young participants to the awards.
‘Today we’re reflecting on what would have been my mother’s 61st birthday,’ he said, welcoming the attendees. ‘And this year it’s also 25 years since her passing.’
He continued: ‘This is a special year and one where I hope we take the extra time to not just remember her as she lived, but to reflect on the life she continues to leads through so many, including the young Changemakers with us today.’
‘My mother instilled in me and in all of us a drive to speak up and fight for a better world. And now, as a husband and a parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life.”
“All of you have kept her voice alive by showing the world how each small action counts, how kindness is still valued and how our world can be better if we choose to make it so.”