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Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:56

Prince Harry Accepts Attitude's Legacy Award on Behalf of Princess Diana

Written by  McKenna Aiello

Princess Diana's impact is still felt two decades after her tragic passing.

The late British royal's son Prince Harry accepted Attitude magazine's Legacy Award on her behalf Thursday evening, an honor bestowed upon Princess Diana for her extensive efforts in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Harry graced the stage The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards in London, offering a poignant speech on his beloved mother's groundbreaking activism. Princess Diana was one of the first public figures to be photographed interacting physically with AIDS victims—a decision that helped destigmatize and lessen the public's fear around the condition.

"In April of 1987, my mother was only 25-years-old," he recalled. "She was still finding her way in public life, but already she felt a responsibility to shine her spotlight on the people and issues that were often ignored."

Prince Harry continued, "She knew that AIDS was one of things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge. She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia."

"People were ostracized from their communities and sometimes from their families simply for being ill," the 33-year-old said. "Staff who treated the ill were themselves often turned away from local barbers or restaurants even though it was proven that HIV could not be passed on from casual contact.

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