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Prince Harry Surprised Young Changemakers with the Esteemed Diana Award

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As if it's not exciting enough to meet with the Duke of Sussex, a few young activists recently got an even bigger surprise.

When Prince Harry, 38, headed to Los Angeles in June for the first-ever in-person Conversations for Change meeting (which is defined as “a cornerstone program designed to bring young people together around a key social issue”), he surprised four of the attendees with certificates that declared they were recipients of the 2023 Diana Award.

The Diana Award was established in memory of the late Princess of Wales. According to the organization's website, it is “the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.”

Further info about the award reads, “It is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special: young people do not work towards our award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without expectation of reward.”

For the 2023 ceremony, 189 changemakers were awarded from 31 different countries around the world.

On the day of the virtual ceremony, Prince Harry shared a statement, where he said, “As we come together, I am reminded of the profound belief my mother held in the transformative power of young people. She recognised their unique ability to challenge the status quo and push for a more inclusive and compassionate society. Her legacy continues to inspire and serve as an example of how to navigate the complexities of our world today.”

He added, “So many of the numerous challenges that we face disproportionately affect young people. Whether it's climate change, mental health, or systemic injustices, the obstacles can sometimes seem overwhelming. But what gives me hope is the collective power we possess when we work together — the strength in the diversity of voices and perspectives that encompass it.”

The duke's older brother, Prince William, 40, shared his own statement, where he said: “To all the award recipients, congratulations. Your accomplishments are a testament to your character, your passion and your determination to make a difference, you are an inspiration to young people everywhere.”

Congrats to all these incredible honorees!

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