Prince Harry Gives a Heartfelt Speech at the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit

The Duke of Sussex moved people with his speech on being a role model at the National Youth Mentoring Summit, emphasizing his late mother, Princess Diana’s, and his son Archie.

On Tuesday, Prince Harry delivered a heartfelt speech about being a role model and the impact it has on other people. The 34-year-old royal shared the “power of the invisible role model” and how people undermine their power to be of influence.

Standing before the crown at The Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit in London, he spoke about one of his role models -- his late mother who would have turned 54 this year.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex attended UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit, hosted by @DianaAward. The Diana Award, created in 1999, is a continuation of Princess Diana’s legacy and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Young people shared their experiences of being mentees and explained why it is so important to them to have businesses, organisations and leaders support mentoring. Two of these were influential young leaders Deborah and Dorcas Kabongo, who won the Diana Award in 2015 for their work on tackling key issues at the root of gang culture, focusing on the role of women and girls in gang-related violence and crime. They are having a real impact on their local community, showing those who may feel that joining a gang is their only option that there are alternatives in life. Since the creation of the Diana Award almost 20 years ago, the charity has recognised 48,000 selfless young people from across the world for their social action and humanitarian work. It has trained over 28,000 young people to stand up to bullying in their schools and communities through Anti-Bullying Ambassador training and supported over 1,000 vulnerable young people across the United Kingdom by introducing a positive role model into their lives through their Mentoring Programme. “I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realise that someone looks up to them, that for that person, you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.” - The Duke of Sussex Thanks to organisations like The Diana Award the impact that young people can have is heard and acknowledged. For those who wish to become part of the programme and make a difference, please discover our link in bio for more information. Photo credit: Carmel King/The Diana Award

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“My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realizing the impact she would have on so many lives,” he said. “You don’t have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model; in fact, it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable.”

The prince also talked about his new venture into fatherhood after having Archie, and how it changed his perception on many things. He said:

“Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.”

Harry continued to encourage everyone to realize the influence they can bring to those who surround them and to “make a conscious effort” to help bring out the best in everyone they meet.

He called out businesses and organizations to mentor the younger generation as it is an investment for the future. According to London’s Daily Express, Harry’s speech aimed to recruit mentors to guide 2,000 members of the youth over the next three years.

Months ago, Harry became a father to baby Archie, who has put the prince on a state of immense happiness since even changing his outlook of life in ways he couldn’t imagine. Last month, he celebrated his first Father’s Day with a sweet post of his son being cradled.

The never-before-seen photo showed a glimpse of Archie’s face as he reached out to grab his father’s finger. Just as Harry saw his mother as a role model, Archie will be looking up to the prince as he grows older. 

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