Prince William and Prince Harry Share Emotional Messages on the Day of Princess Diana’s Birthday

On July 1, Princess Diana would have celebrated her 61st birthday, and although the Princess of Wales tragically passed away back in 1997, her spirit is still being kept alive, especially by her two sons—Prince William and Prince Harry.

In honor of their mom's birthday, both the royals reflected on her life in messages shared at the Diana Award ceremony this past Friday. The Diana Award is a prize given to young people aged 9-25, who, through their social work or humanitarian efforts, attempt to improve the lives of others.

According to Us Weekly, Prince William sent a letter to the award recipients, where he said, “You truly are the personification of my mother’s legacy and I know she would be so proud of you all...I believe there’s no better way to celebrate her life and work than through recognizing incredible people who dedicate so much time and effort to helping those around them.”

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry virtually zoomed into the ceremony and gave a speech, where he noted, “There isn’t a day during the past two and half decades where I haven’t thought about the mark [my mom] left not only on me and my brother, but on all of our lives.”

Later in his speech, he added, “My mother instilled in me, and in all of us, a drive to speak up and fight for a better world. And now, as a husband and a parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life. All of you have kept her voice alive by showing the world how each small action counts, how kindness is still valued and how our world can be better if we choose to make it so.”

Moving words from both brothers. You are dearly missed, Princess Diana.

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