Prince William is continuing to honor his mother Princess Diana's legacy.
On August 12, the International Day of Youth, The Diana Award nonprofit released the father-of-three's foreword to organization's five-year plan statement.
The Diana Award empowers "young people to make positive change." This year, they launched a project that "aims to change the inequalities in mental health experienced by young people from racialised communities."
Now due to COVID-19, the group is making an extra effort to help positively shape the next five years, as during the past year-and-a-half, "mental health and social inequality has been felt most acutely by young people."
"The lives of thousands of young people have been impacted by the global pandemic with education interrupted, work opportunities disrupted and social connections strained," acknowledged William. "Yet many of the young people who I have been fortunate to meet over the last year have shown an enormous passion and commitment to helping their communities recover and rebuild — and beyond that, are working hard to tackle the social inequality and injustice that they see in the world around them.
"Organisations like The Diana Award have never been more important in nurturing the talent of young people and working with them to change the world for the better," the Duke of Cambridge continued. "Future Forward sets out The Diana Award's blueprint for how change can be achieved, with young people at its heart."
"The world has changed significantly in the 20 years since The Diana Award was established in my mother’s memory, however challenges remain, and urgent change is needed so that young people inherit a world of which we can be proud," the royal noted. "Future Forward sets out The Diana Award’s blueprint for how change can be achieved, with young people at its heart. I am excited to see what The Diana Award and the young people it empowers can achieve together."
Prince Harry has also been an active supporter of The Diana Award, most recently making a surprise virtual appearance at an event prior to what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.
"I'm truly honored to be celebrating your work, your commitment to change making and the vital role that you've taken on representing a new generation of humanitarianism," he stated. "Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out and in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion."