William and Harry pay tribute to mother separately at Diana Legacy Award

Even on the 25th anniversary of the Diana Legacy Award, it was not possible for Prince Harry and Prince William to be in the same room together. ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship reports

The Prince of Wales took part in a ceremony paying tribute to his late mother at the Diana Legacy Award, with the Duke of Sussex joining via video-link after his brother had left.

William attended the event at the Science Museum in London on Thursday night, giving a speech to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Harry joined a video call from California with the winners, avoiding any interaction with his brother.

It comes as the pair have continued to distance themselves from each other in recent months.

They did not meet when Harry spent time with the King at Clarence House following news of his cancer diagnosis last month.

The Prince of Wales presented the Diana Legacy Awards from the Science Museum on Thursday. Credit: Pelling PR

In an interview with a US breakfast TV show, Harry said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend around 45 minutes with Charles when he flew back to the UK.

Harry published his controversial memoir Spare last year, in which he accused William of pushing him into a dog bowl in a row over the Duchess of Sussex.

It was also claimed William teased Harry about his panic attacks.

Further tensions between the royal brothers can be traced back to the early period of Harry’s relationship with wife Meghan, when his then-fiancee had a falling out with the Princess of Wales in the run-up to their wedding.

The Diana Award was set up to promote the princess’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The Duke of Sussex apologised for not making a physical appearance at the awards before he thanked the recipients for their work

Taking to the stage on Thursday to AC/DC’s song Thunderstruck, William told the audience that he and his wife, the Princess of Wales, have sought to focus on Diana’s legacy through their work.

“This evening’s Legacy Award is particularly special as it marks the 25th anniversary year of The Diana Award, a charity set up to reflect my mother’s belief that young people can change the world,” he said.

“I know that she would have been honoured to see a charity in her name doing such inspirational work to uplift young people from all corners of the globe.”

The Prince of Wales with Hailey Richman from USA at Thursday's awards. Credit: PA

He said that his mother taught him that “everyone in need deserves a supporting hand in life”.

“She taught me that everyone has the potential to give something back; that everyone in need deserves a supporting hand in life,” he said.

“That legacy is something that both Catherine and I have sought to focus on through our work, as have the 50,000 young people who have received a Diana Award over the past 25 years.

“I am so proud to see this belief of my mother’s manifested in the amazing young people receiving the Legacy Award tonight.”

In his controversial memoir Spare last year, Harry accused William of pushing him into a dog bowl in a row over the Duchess of Sussex. Credit: PA

After presenting the awards, William met the winners and told them: “The breadth of what you all cover, I’m amazed.”

He added: “I’m so blown away by everything you’re doing, because you’re doing it alongside your studies, your lives, your families, everything else. There are a lot of barriers I’m sure a lot of you are facing every time you’re doing this.”

Addressing his walk-on song choice, William said: “I like AC/DC, that’s George’s song."

After the prince left, Chiara Riyanti Hutapea Zhang, 18, who won an award for her charity Cases 4 Care’s work with undocumented children, said that meeting him was “like a dream come true”.

She said that winning the award was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” but it also felt like “the beginning of something new”.

Joel Nkeonye Mordi, 26, who won an award for founding a LGBT+ youth charity in Nigeria, said that it was “such a huge honour”, describing the occasion as a "call to action".

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