Prince Harry had nothing but kind words to say about his late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 61st birthday.
“There isn’t a day during the past two and half decades where I haven’t thought about the mark she left not only on me and my brother [Prince William] but on all of our lives,” the 37-year-old said in a video for the Diana Awards’ virtual ceremony on Friday, July 1. “My mother instilled in me … a drive to speak up and fight for a better world."
“I see her legacy every time I meet with families, young people and children from all corners of the world," he continued. “And I see my mum’s legacy when I look at my own children every day.”
The red-headed prince, who shares son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1, with his wife, Meghan Markle, has made sure to inform his tots about the late royal, who died in a car crash in 1997.
“[We] very much so [talk about her],” he said in April. “I don’t tell [Archie] all the stuff that happened but certainly, ‘This is Grandma Diana.’”
“It’s almost as if she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much helping me. … He’s got his kids [Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and] I’ve got my kids. The circumstances are obviously different, but … she’s watching over us.”
Last year, Harry and his brother, Prince William, reunited when they were at the statue unveiling of Diana.
“It has been twenty years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” the brothers said in a statement at the time. “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”
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