Prince Harry paid an emotional tribute to his late mother when accepting a posthumous award on her behalf last night (12 October).
The Prince attended the Attitude Awards to collect the Legacy Award, awarded to the late Princess Diana.
He began his speech: ‘In April 1987, my mother was only 25 years old.
‘She was still finding her way in public life, but she already felt a responsibility to shine her spotlight on the people and issues that were often ignored.’
During her time as Princess of Wales, Princess of Diana was an AIDS activist.
She launched England’s first ward specializing in HIV and AIDS treatment in 1989.
Prince Harry continued: ‘She knew that AIDS was one of the things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge.
‘She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia.’
The Prince has followed in his mother’s footsteps.
He has taken HIV tests live on Facebook before in an attempt to break down the stigma around the disease.
Princess Diana died in a car crash on 31 August 1997.
Prince Harry explained: ‘She knew exactly what she was doing.
‘She was using her position of Princess of Wales – the most famous woman in the world – to challenge everyone to educate themselves; to find their compassion; and to reach out to those who need help instead of pushing them away.’
Watch the video of his speech below.
— Attitude Magazine (@AttitudeMag) October 12, 2017