Prince Harry opens up on late mother Diana on her birthday in surprise speech

Prince Harry has spoken about his late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 59th birthday in a surprise speech.

The Duke of Sussex appeared on behalf of himself and his brother Prince William to present The Diana Award, which was awarded virtually this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking about the award, Harry revealed how proud he was that it honours his mother’s legacy and that Diana “would have been fighting in your [the award recipients’] corner.”

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Harry also paid tribute to young people who are tackling racial inequality, saying it gave him the “greatest hope” amid “division, isolation and anger” around the world.

Harry said: "I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you.

"You are all doing such incredible work and at a time of great uncertainty, you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world, and I love that The Diana Award is able to help you do it.

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"I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you she would have been fighting your corner.

"Right now, we're seeing situations around the world where division, isolation and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface.

"But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I'm confident about the world's future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands."

It comes after court documents revealed that Harry’s wife Meghan Markle claimed she felt “unprotected” by the royal family during her pregnancy with their son Archie.

Prince Harry’s wife, 38, is said to have made the statement in a set of court documents in her case against the owner of MailOnline and the Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers Limited, which were submitted on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex.

In the submissions, it’s reported Meghan said she had “become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles in UK newspapers, specifically by Associated Newspapers titles, which caused ‘tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health’.”

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It’s been reported by The Sun Online that Meghan’s friends were “rightly concerned for her welfare when pregnant” because she was unable to defend herself.

The official papers also explosively hit out at the royal family as they added: “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”

It’s understood Meghan felt “tremendous emotional distress” by the media coverage and her friends felt “silenced” by Kensington Palace as they were unable to speak out to defend her.

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