Princess Diana’s sons in separate video messages to Awards in her honour

As Prince Harry and family got evicted from Frogmore

Princes Harry and William appeared in separate video messages, on Friday, without acknowledging themselves, to congratulate the 2023 Diana Awards winners in sharp contrast to their joint appearance at last year’s edition.

In their separate video messages, the feuding brothers spoke separately during the online ceremony unlike in previous years when they have joined together to remember Princess Diana’s globally recognised charity work.

The Prince of Wales, who appeared on screens first and Harry, who joined 20 minutes later, did not utter a word to commemorate what would have been their mother’s post-humous birthday tomorrow (Saturday). This was also a sharp difference from their united response in 2021 when the brothers stood beside each other at a statue they commissioned of Diana in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, as Harry said: “William and I are recognising mum’s 60th birthday.

“Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living an authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.”

But, this year the Duke of Sussex was in Los Angeles to award four award winners with their certificates. At the ceremony, he said “Each one of us has the ability to help create a more equitable world.

“And the brilliant award recipients we’re honouring today are proof of that. They exemplify the notion that when we use our voices, change really can happen.”

The 38-year-old said Princess Diana recognised the “unique ability” in the younger generation to “challenge the status quo” and fight 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.

“And so many of the numerous challenges that we face disproportionately affect young people and of course their futures.”

On the other hand, the Prince of Wales said: “The road to making a difference is not always easy, but as we celebrate the impact they have made, we are reminded that no challenge is insurmountable.

“Today, we recognise the power of all young people to inspire meaningful change. To all the award recipients – congratulations.”

He spoke of how The Diana Awards serve as a reminder that if the next generation is invested in, “they can truly change the world”.

This year’s edition of the event comes on the eve of Harry and his family finally cleared out of Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor royal home which was a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth, which they lived in for six months after their marriage. The Sussexes were served with an eviction notice days after Harry’s book Spare was released early this year.

The couple had returned the keys to the five-bedroom, Grade II-listed building, which they spent about £ 2.4 million on its makeover to King Charles. The development has left the couple with no residence in the UK.

A Royal expert also revealed that this move might make Prince Harry lose a major royal role.


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