Prince Harry underscored the need to combat institutional racism in a speech he recorded on Wednesday for the Diana Awards ceremony, a youth charity established to honor his late mother. In a video message broadcast during the virtual ceremony, the Duke of Sussex said that “institutional racism has no place in our societies, but it is still rampant”.
“My wife recently said that our generation and those before us have not done enough to repair the wrongs of the past,” he said. “Me too, I’m sorry – sorry that we haven’t brought the world to where you deserve it. ”
The speech came on what would have been the 59th birthday of Princess Diana, the prince’s mother. She died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, when Harry was 12 years old.
Harry paid tribute to the young people who were recognized at the ceremony for their work on race and injustice, saying that he saw “the greatest hope” in them amid the division and anger of the world .
In 2016. Harry accused the media of harassing Meghan, his then girlfriend, and criticized “racial nuances” in some coverage of her. Meghan’s mother is black and her father is white.
She spoke last month to students at her former Los Angeles high school after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The couple now live in Los Angeles with their son Archie after leaving the working royal family earlier this year.