Princess Diana taught sons to work just as hard when the cameras are
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken of their late mother’s commitment to “doing good while no one is watching”, as they presented 20 young people with a Legacy Award in her honour.Prince Harry said: “She achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone.”Our mother once said that if we all play our part in making our children feel valued, the result will be tremendous. This result was tremendous.” Princess Diana with sons Prince Harry, centre, and Prince William, right, on a water ride at Thorpe Park in April 1993Credit:Cassidy and Leigh / Rex Features Prince Harry and Prince William present a Legacy Award in their mother’s honourCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph The inaugural Diana Legacy Awards ceremony on ThursdayCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Harry told some of the recipients: “I cannot believe how young you all are, most of you are still at school. When you get some spare time on your hands you’re saving lives and inspiring people.”You should be absolutely proud of what you’ve started and what you’ve achieved, you’re still in your teenage years – don’t stop now guys.” Speaking at St James’s Palace, where the awards ceremony was held, William said: “This summer marks 20 years since our mother died and she achieved so much in her life, from helping to shatter the stigma around Aids, to fighting to ban landmines and supporting the homeless – she touched the lives of millions.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duke added of Diana, Princess of Wales: “The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today.”Of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do. But in one sense Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others.” The Legacy Awards are designed to celebrate children and teenagers who demonstrate qualities of kindness, compassion and service. With his brother beside him, Prince William told the 20 young recipients that Diana had achieved so much in her life, from helping to fight the stigma around Aids to supporting the homeless.The royal brothers were making their first joint appearance at an event run by the Diana Award, established to promote their mother’s belief in the positive power of young people.The 20 young winners, who come from the UK, United States, Canada, India, Belize and the United Arab Emirates, were recognised for their efforts creating positive social change in their communities and countries.