Prince William and Prince Harry Unite to Honor Legacy of Their Mom Princess Diana

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Duke of Cambridge
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Duke of Sussex
  • Diana, Princess of Wales
    Diana, Princess of Wales
    First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales (1961-1997)
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales

Alamy Stock Photo Prince William and Prince Harry

Prince William and Prince Harry are uniting for mom.

The brothers, whose relationship has been painfully strained for much of the last two years, came together to honor the young people working hard in the name of their late mother, Princess Diana.

Prince William, 39, met with 10 British recipients of The Diana Award's Legacy Award at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. And Prince Harry, 37, spoke with another set of winners from around the world in a virtual meeting held from his home in Montecito, California.

Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace
Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace

The Diana Award Prince William meets with Diana Award Legacy Award recipients

In July, on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday, the brothers also teamed up on behalf of their mother to unveil a statue erected in her memory in Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden.

The princes' paid tribute to the young people from around the world who are Legacy Award winners — the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work that is handed out by The Diana Award every two years. The first awards were presented at an event attended by both princes in 2017.

Among those Harry spoke with was a woman from the U.S. Dian Chao, 23, from Los Angeles, who runs Letters to Strangers is receiving an award. Another American set for a Legacy Award is Jahin Rahman, 18, from New York, who founded the non-profit Efforts in Youth Development of Bangladesh.

princ harry
princ harry

This year's honorees will receive a unique honor as they will be given their Diana Awards from the princess's brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer at the family's ancestral home Althorp on December 9.

The young winners are also set to have access to a unique two-year development program, which aims to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace
Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace

The Diana Award Prince William meets with Diana Award Legacy Award recipients

Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!

Poignantly, the meetings were held on World Aids Day — a cause that Diana did so much to bring awareness to during her life. Princess Diana died in 1997 following a car crash in Paris. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of her death.

Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace
Prince William meeting Diana Award Legacy Award honorees at Kensington Palace

The Diana Award Prince William meets with Diana Award Legacy Award recipients at Kensington Palace

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive of The Diana Award, paid her own tribute to this year's recipients, saying in a statement, "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."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting