During the virtual ceremony, Harry, 35, focused his message toward the young changemakers who are doing work to combat racism and injustice. He stated Diana would have been “fighting [in] your corner” if she was still alive.
“My wife [Meghan Markle] said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to wipe the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry,” the Duke of Sussex began.
“Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place where you deserve it to be. Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic,” Harry continued before declaring he would be “part of the solution.”
The former senior member of the royal family dedicated a few words to 24-year-old James Frater from London. The award recipient is “tackling racial inequality by creating initiatives to increase the representation of black students at university,” according to the Princess Diana Awards social media accounts.
“I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands,” Harry told Frater.
Addressing all 184 of the award recipients, Harry said, “’I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honor the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you.”
“You are all doing such incredible work and at a time of great uncertainty, you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world, and I love that The Diana Award is able to help you do it,” the Duke of Sussex said.
Harry added: “Like many of you, she never took the easy route, or the popular route, or the comfortable one – but she stood for something and stood up for those who needed it.”