Princes William, Harry honor youth following in Princess Diana's footsteps

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

In January, The Diana Award announced that, this year, a special Inaugural Legacy Award would be presented to a group of exceptional young people from across the world to mark the 20th anniversary of the Princess's death. "Even though I wasn't born when she passed away, I have read about the humanitarian work that she did".

"The truth is though, she was taken at only 36, just slightly older then I am today".

The brothers were making their first joint appearance at an event run by the Diana Award, established to promote their mother's belief in the positive power of young people, according to a BBC report. "From helping to shatter the stigma around AIDS, to fighting to ban landmines and supporting the homeless - she touched the lives of millions", William, 34, said.

In recognition of her community service, the royal brothers presented Asha Parkinson from Kent with a Legacy Award which also celebrates the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry highlighted how his mother, who worked tirelessly on behalf of charities around the world, taught him the "value of doing good when no one is watching". Of course we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do.

One of the judges on the panel s Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK and a friend Diana, who said she "was humbled by reading the extraordinary achievements of every young person who was nominated for this award".

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Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, presented the Legacy Award to 20 teenagers from the United Kingdom and across the world.

The winners will now have access to a Diana Award programme, giving them support and training to help further their projects including advice on leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

The Legacy Award winners, who come from the United Kingdom, US, Canada, India, Belize and United Arab Emirates, have all made a positive impact on their society. Harry said that he had heard all about Jemima's work through his friend, Invictus swimmer Dave Wiseman, saying: "He told me you would be Prime Minister one day!"

"Everyone needs a cuddle during the hard times in their lives", Dickinson told People.

"You should be absolutely proud of what you've started and what you've achieved, you're still in your teenage years - don't stop now guys".

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