William and Harry chat to winners of award honouring their mother


Catherine Wylie
Thursday 02 December 2021 00:01
Prince William meets winners of Diana Award at Kensington Palace

The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex have spoken to recipients of the award which honours the legacy of their mother Diana Princess of Wales.

Winners of the legacy award from the UK met William at Kensington Palace while Harry spoke to winners from across the world in a live video meeting.

The legacy award was introduced by The Diana Award in 2017 to celebrate the life of the princess on the 20th anniversary of her death.

From left, Vee Kativhu from Dudley, Aodhan Roberts from Londonderry, Arian Arjomandi Rad from London, Christine Adane, Tessy Ojo, the chief executive of The Diana Award, the Duke of Cambridge, Ally ZLatar from Glasgow, Alexander Anderson from Newport, Lottie Leach from Windsor, Anna McGovern from Rochester, Zubair Junjunia from London, (front) Hannah Hodgson from Kendal (Jack Moralee/The Diana Award/PA)

An awards ceremony at Althorp House, hosted by Diana’s brother Earl Spencer will take place on December 9.

The legacy awards are handed out every two years, with William and Harry presenting the inaugural ones at St James’s Palace in 2017.

This year’s recipients – chosen by an independent judging panel chaired by Earl Spencer – come from across the UK, Taiwan, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the US.

The Duke of Cambridge meeting recipients of The Diana Award at Kensington Palace (Jack Moralee/The Diana Award/PA)

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of The Diana Award, said: “The pandemic continues to disrupt lives and exacerbate social inequalities.

“But out of the darkness of Covid, young people are standing up to shape change in their communities across the world.

“Their compassion, determination and agency to make positive change today and in the years ahead is immense.

“They couldn’t be a more fitting tribute and lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world.”

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