KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry has apologized on behalf of the older generations who did not do enough to eradicate racism from the face of the earth.
  • He promised that he will do anything to be part of the “solution” 
  • The Duke of Sussex spoke at the 2020 Diana Award, which honors young people for their humanitarian work

Prince Harry has apologized on behalf of the older generations who did not do enough to eradicate racism from the face of the earth. 

The Duke of Sussex shared a video message on Wednesday (July 1) with the young people who were being honored at the Diana Award ceremony for their humanitarian work.  

In his message, Prince Harry said that he and his wife Meghan Markle believe that their generation and the ones before them did not do enough to make this world a better place for the future generations. He apologized for not doing his part and told the youngsters that this is not the world that they “deserve.” 

“My wife [Meghan Markle] said recently that our generation and the ones before us have not done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry – sorry that we have not got the world to a place you deserve it to be,” Prince Harry said during his address.

Later in the video, Prince Harry admitted that “institutional racism” is commonly found around the world even when it has no place in our “societies.” The Duke of Sussex also explained that unconscious biases should be acknowledged at any cost if people want to create a better world for the future.

“Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you,” Prince Harry said in the video.

He also promised that he will do anything to be part of the “solution” and he believes that now is the time to do the right thing.

This year's ceremony was celebrated virtually on Princess Diana's 59th birthday. Touted as one of the most prestigious accolades in the United Kingdom, young people aged 9 to 25 are eligible to receive the prestigious award.

During his address, he also praised his late mother for not taking an easy route in solving a problem. The youngest son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles added that his mother was popular among the masses because she always came out of her comfort zone to help others.

“I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honor the legacy of my mother. I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you, she would have been fighting in your corner. Like many of you, she never took the easy route, or the popular one, or the comfortable one. But she stood for something and she stood up for people who needed it,” Prince Harry said.

Prince Harry attended his last duties in London on Monday Prince Harry attended his last duties in London on Monday Photo: AFP / Ben STANSALL