Prince Harry gushed about Princess Diana’s legacy playing out in his children’s lives while honoring what would have been his late mother’s 61st birthday.
“There isn’t a day during the past two and a half decades where I haven’t thought about the mark she left not only on me and my brother [Prince William] but on all of our lives,” the Duke of Sussex, 37, said in a video address for the Diana Awards’ virtual ceremony Friday.
“My mother instilled in me … a drive to speak up and fight for a better world,” he said.
After saying that he sees the princess’ legacy in the award’s recipients every year, Harry shared, “I see her legacy every time I meet with families, young people and children from all corners of the world.
“And I see my mum’s legacy when I look at my own children every day.”
Harry has been intentional in telling his children about Diana, who died in an August 1997 car crash at age 36.
“[We] very much so [talk about her],” he told the “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb in April. “I don’t tell [Archie] all the stuff that happened but certainly, ‘This is Grandma Diana.’”
The royal family member also noted that he and the “Suits” alum, 40, have pictures of his mother in their California home.
The Princess of Wales’ presence is “constant” in Harry’s life, he said, adding that he feels her “more than ever before.”
He explained, “It’s almost as if she’s done her bit with my brotherand now she’s very much helping me. … He’s got his kids [Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and] I’ve got my kids. The circumstances are obviously different, but … she’s watching over us.”
While the former military pilot moved to the United States with his family in early 2020 after resigning from his royal duties, he and Markle took their kids across the pond last month for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.
Anderson added that there is still “a lot of tension” between the brothers, who experienced a falling out after Harry and Markle married in May 2018.