On what would have been her 59th birthday, Prince Harry delivered an emotional surprise speech about his mom. He talked about some very intimate details about how she left a lasting impact on the world and it was incredibly heartwarming.
Keep scrolling to see his full speech.
Princess Diana has left a mark on the world.Even though she died in a tragic accident back in 1997, her legacy lives on through her sons.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on the first of July, 1961.She lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy but still had a fairly normal childhood.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world.She lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs - although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn't doing too badly.
But, in 1977, Diana met Prince Charles.A little known fact about the pair's relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah. Diana and Charles's relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him "sir" throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast.After meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana. They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral, and the wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana's three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.The two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.Prince Harry was born on 15th September 1984. However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn't quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...One thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.She was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.Unlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.On top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996...
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair.The car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L'Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Diana's death was mourned around the world.The totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana's funeral was televised and held on September 6th of 1997.It garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy...Because, alongside the world losing a real force for good, 2 young boys were left without their mother.
Over the years, as the boys have grown into men, William and Harry have ensured Diana's memory hasn't been forgotten...And they regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandma to 4 grandchildren.
It's truly heartbreaking to think of how close Diana would have been to her boys today...
William and Harry were the most important things in Diana's life...
And in harmonious timing, Harry also delivered a speech a few days later honoring his mom.The former royal appeared on behalf of him and his brother, Prince William, to talk about the Diana Award on what would have been her 59th birthday. This year, the ceremony will be held via virtual means.
The Diana Award was set up in honor of Her Royal Highness after her untimely death.And helps to express gratitude to those people who are going above and beyond to make sure their country continues to thrive, even during these difficult times.
Harry started off by talking about the importance of the award:"I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you."
He continued:"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."
"I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you she would have been fighting your corner.""Right now, we're seeing situations around the world where division, isolation, and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface. But 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."
His heartwarming speech comes after the world has been going through difficult times.From the global pandemic to the issue of systemic racism riddled within our societies, it has been an exhausting time for us all but especially those who are victim to these horrible events.
It's safe to say we could all do with a bit of guidance right now.Let's just hope things get better very soon.
Here's the video of the full speech:
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