Prince William's Sweet Words About Princess Diana Would Make Her Proud

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This couldn't have been easy. On Thursday, Prince William and Prince Harry presented young people from around the world an award in honor of their late mother, Princess Diana. And during the ceremony, William said some truly touching words about Lady Di and how her death still affects him today. 

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According to People, the 20 recipients appeared at St. James's Palace in order to receive the Legacy Award set up by the Diana Award charity. The award serves to recognize the "monumental impact" they have made on society. Before handing out the rewards, both Prince William and Prince Harry gave a moving speech about Princess Diana. 

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"This summer marks 20 years since our mother died. 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," William said in his poignant tribute. "The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today. But 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."

Wow. 

Harry also added his piece about his mom. "One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching," he said. "She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients; she spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone. It is this spirit of quiet selflessness that unites these 20 recipients of the Legacy Award."

Clearly William and Harry are still working through their mother's death -- and they probably will be forever, as anyone who's lost someone important to them can attest. But luckily for them, they have the beautiful memories of her and the shining moral examples to guide them through life. How proud she would be.  

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