Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Prince William pays tribute to late mother Diana's legacy

Prince William pays tribute to late mother Diana's legacy

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

- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2017The Duke and Prince Harry present @DianaAward Inaugural Legacy Awards to 20 winners - chosen from the United Kingdom & countries across the world.

Prince William commended the winners, saying: "We are so pleased that her name is being put to good use by the Diana Award to recognise young people who are making a mark in the world around them".

"This summer marks 20 years since our mother died", Prince William said Thursday.

Prince William and Prince Harry are doing a pretty incredible job of keeping their mother's memory alive. The royal brothers met 20 young people who were recipients of the Diana Awards Inaugural Legacy Awards - awards given to those who have shown vast compassion and kindness to others.

Talking about the Diana award he added: "From the award I have learnt so much about her and I feel really honoured to take on that legacy that she has left behind". "She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients; she spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone", he stated.

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The 20 Diana Legacy Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel after nominations were submitted.

The focus on the charity work carried out by Princess Diana has intensified this year with the 20th anniversary of her death coming up in August, giving charities like the Diana Award an opportunity to make sure her work is not forgotten.

"Today is about two things; celebrating young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, sometimes in the face of adversity and demonstrating to young people that we, as a collective, value them".

In August, the brothers will mark the 20th anniversary of their mother's death in that auto crash in Paris.

Femi Owolade-Coombes is 11-years-old and had never heard of Princess Diana until he found out he was getting a Legacy award. "This result was tremendous". "When you get some spare time on your hands you're saving lives and inspiring people." he said.

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