Prince William Mentions Kate in Touching Speech About Late Mom Princess Diana

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Prince William honored his late mother, Princess Diana, today, on the 25th anniversary of the Diana Award, giving a touching speech about her legacy.

The Diana Legacy Awards, held today at the Science Museum in London, honored young leaders from all over the world who guide and inspire their communities, just as Diana, who died in 1997, did. At the ceremony, the Prince of Wales met key staff and supporters of the Diana Award before getting up to say a few words and present Legacy Awards to this year’s winners.

“I’m thoroughly delighted to be here today to recognize the transformational achievements of 20 exceptional young people from across the world,” his speech began.

britains prince william, prince of wales attends the the diana legacy awards at the science museum in london on march 14, 2024 photo by arthur edwards pool afp photo by arthur edwardspoolafp via getty images
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William touched on the importance of fueling young minds and recognizing work that can incite progress, as well as on the personal significance the awards have for him.

“This evening’s Legacy Award is particularly special, as it marks the 25th snniversary year of the Diana Award—a charity set up to reflect my mother’s belief that young people can change the world,” he said. “I know that she would have been honored to see a charity in her name doing such inspirational work to uplift young people from all corners of the globe. She taught me that everyone has the potential to give something back, that everyone in need deserves a supporting hand in life.”

He also mentioned wife Princess Kate, who has been recovering from abdominal surgery since January and has not attended a public event with him since December: “That legacy is something that both Catherine and I have sought to focus on through our work, as have the 50,000 young people who have received a Diana Award over the past 25 years.”

William said nothing else about his wife—neither about her condition nor about the Photoshop controversy that followed the release of her Mother’s Day photo on Sunday.

Once William wraps up his appearance at the ceremony today, brother Prince Harry will join the event virtually, to meet with the winners. A charity rep told Bazaar the Duke of Sussex “is scheduled to speak with the award recipients, virtually, on the evening of the awards to celebrate their accomplishments.” He and William will not cross paths.

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