Prince Harry's Diana Legacy Awards Speech Clashes with William's, Followed by Late-Night Joke

The Diana Legacy Awards ceremony, marking the 25th anniversary of the Diana Award, was a significant event in the royal family’s tribute to Princess Diana. The ceremony, held at the Science Museum in London, was attended by Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who honored their late mother through their separate appearances. This event was particularly special as it was the first time the brothers attended the ceremony together since their decision to step down from their royal duties and move to California in 2020.

Prince Harry's Diana Legacy Awards Speech Clashes with William's, Followed by Late-Night Joke
Prince Harry’s Diana Legacy Awards Speech Clashes with William’s, Followed by Late-Night Joke (image: DailyMail)

Prince William attended the event in person, delivering a heartfelt speech that highlighted his mother’s legacy and the importance of giving back to society. He emphasized Diana’s belief that everyone has the potential to make a difference and that everyone in need deserves support. William also acknowledged the work of the Diana Award Foundation, which has awarded over 50,000 young people for their social action or humanitarian work. He expressed pride in seeing the belief of his mother manifested in the young people receiving the Legacy Award that night.

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Following William’s speech and presentation of the Legacy Awards, Prince Harry joined the event virtually to chat with the Diana Award recipients. This virtual appearance was a departure from the physical presence of his brother, reflecting the ongoing dynamics within the royal family. The brothers’ separate attendance at the event was noteworthy, given the recent tensions and public distance they have maintained from each other.

Princes William & Harry Honor Princess Diana With Separate Appearances
Princes William & Harry Honor Princess Diana With Separate Appearances

The Diana Legacy Awards ceremony was a poignant moment for the royal family, celebrating Princess Diana’s legacy and the impact of her belief in the power of young people to change the world. Despite the brothers’ separate appearances, the event served as a unifying tribute to their late mother, showcasing the enduring legacy of her influence on their lives and the world.

Following the ceremony, there was a late-night joke made by Prince William, who, while decorating cookies with children at a youth center, quipped, “My wife is the arty one.” This light-hearted moment added a touch of humor to the somber occasion, highlighting the personal and familial bonds within the royal family despite the public challenges they have faced.

Prince Harry's Diana Legacy Awards Speech Clashes with William's, Followed by Late-Night Joke
Prince Harry’s Diana Legacy Awards Speech Clashes with William’s, Followed by Late-Night Joke

The Diana Legacy Awards ceremony, with its mix of tribute, family dynamics, and a touch of humor, underscored the enduring legacy of Princess Diana and the royal family’s commitment to her memory. It was a testament to the family’s resilience and the continuation of Diana’s legacy through the efforts of young changemakers around the world.

What is the Diana Legacy Award?

The Diana Legacy Award is a prestigious accolade that celebrates the achievements of young leaders, visionaries, and role models from around the world who have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilize new generations to service their communities. This award is a reflection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. It was launched in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Diana Award and is presented every two years.

To be eligible for the Diana Legacy Award, individuals must first receive a Diana Award between the years 2022-2023. The Diana Award itself is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. It is awarded through a retrospective nomination process, meaning young people do not work towards the award but demonstrate their suitability through their actions without any expectation of reward.

An image of Diana Award recipients
An image of Diana Award recipients

The Legacy Award ceremony is a significant event, taking place in London, UK, and is attended by high-profile individuals, including members of the royal family. The ceremony not only celebrates the recipients’ achievements but also provides them with access to a unique Legacy Award Development Programme over a two-year period. This programme offers tailored support to the recipients, including special opportunities to attend events with potential partners to aid them in their social action work and develop new skills. They also receive support and guidance from the Diana Award Team to help them further develop their social action project.

The Diana Legacy Award is a testament to the enduring legacy of Princess Diana and her belief in the potential of young people to make a difference in the world. It serves as an inspiration for young people around the globe, encouraging them to take action and make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.

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