🇬🇧 William & Harry: Diana, Our Mother

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“The most beautiful people in the world are not those with attractive faces or skinny bodies but those who know how to respect the beauty of others” ~ Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry will open up about their mother together for the first time in a documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.

Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy was released today and shows both of the princes Crown_of_the_Kingdom_of_Greece.svgleafing through a family album of photographs. The documentary, which is due to air on ITV in Britain and on HBO in the US later this month, will explore the relationship between Princess Diana and her two sons. Speaking in the film, which will also air on CBC in Canada, Princess Harry said: ‘This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother.’He added: ‘She was one of the naughtiest parents.

She was our mum. She still is our mum.’And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.’ Studying a photo of Diane holding him whilst pregnant with Prince Harry, Prince William says: ‘Believe it or not, you and I are both in this photograph, you’re in the tummy.

‘In April, Prince Harry revealed how William encouraged him to seek counselling after two years of ‘total chaos’ as he struggled to come to terms with his mother’s death. The 32-year-old said Prince William implored his younger sibling to get help after ‘shutting down all his emotions’ for nearly 20 years following Diana’s death in 1997. But the prince, who was 12 years old when his mother died, admits that he ignored his grief during his teenage years, only addressing it when he was ‘on the verge of punching prince william & chuckiesomeone’ in later life.

Before that point, he endured two years of ‘total chaos’ when he became ‘a problem’ to himself – a period which included the infamous Nazi fancy dress and intimate photographs from a party in Las Vegas – but ‘did not know what was wrong’. But the royal – who even turned to boxing to help ease his aggression – says he was saved by opening up about his feelings, leaving him ‘in a good place’ and wanting to do all he can to help remove the stigma around mental health. Prince Harry was only 12 years old when Princess Diana died in a car crash in on August 31, 1997.

Diana was killed when the car carrying herself and her lover Dodi Fayed smashed into a pillar inside a Parisian tunnel in the early hours. The vehicle was being driven by the pair’s drunk chauffeur Henri Paul, who attempted to outrun the pursuing paparazzi.Their deaths would send shockwaves around the world and triggered an unprecedented outpouring of grief in Britain.

ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis said: ‘This new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.

‘Executive producer Nick Kent added: ‘This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best.’

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🇬🇧 Prince William on Diana

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“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.” – Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry had a special task on Thursday – presenting young people from around the world with an award established in memory of their mother, Princess Diana.

Twenty young recipients traveled to St. James’s Palace to receive the Legacy Award set up by the Diana Award charity to recognize the “monumental impact” they have made on prince-william3society.

The royal brothers gave a moving speech before they handed out the much-deserved awards. “This summer marks 20 years since our mother died. She achieved so much in her life. From helping to shatter the stigma around AIDS, to fighting to ban landmines and supporting the homeless — she touched the lives of millions,” William, 34, said.

The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today. But of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do,” he continued. “But in one sense Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others.

“Seated here today are twenty extraordinary young people who are doing just that. We are all too accustomed to stories about young people’s lack of connection to their communities and families. I see every day in my work, as our mother did in hers, that this just simply is not true – these 20 young people are just the tip of the iceberg. We all need to celebrate what today’s generation are achieving.”

Harry, 32, added: “One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching. She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients; she spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone. “It is this spirit of quiet selflessness that unites these 20 recipients of the Legacy Award.

Our mother once said that if we all play our part in making our children feel valued, the result will be tremendous. This result was tremendous.”

Among the remarkable stories of social activism and selfless volunteering was that of lellen & B womannMercy Ngulube, 18, from Cardiff, Wales, “who has used her own personal painful experience of stigma and discrimination to drive her commitment and pursuit of equality for young people living with HIV,” the charity says. Mercy, who was born with HIV, has campaigned against the stigma of HIV and AIDS often anonymously by using “social media to counter and correct online misinformation about HIV and challenge negativity and ignorance.”She is the current chairman of Children’s HIV Association Youth Committee that campaigns on behalf of young people living with HIV and met Harry in Durban at an international conference on HIV and AIDS.

From America, Jaylen Arnold, 16, was honored for his anti-bullying crusade and Faith Dickinson, 14, from Toronto, Canada, has an award for her Cuddles for Cancer blanket-making project.

Arnold, from Lakeland, Florida, tells PEOPLE that William had told him “he cared a lot about anti-bullying and how he loved what I was doing and Prince Harry was talking how important it was what I and others do. He was talking about using social media as a tool to spread the message. It was really great.”

“What we need to give you all are the tools, the toolbox for the digital world. You need to have the right tools to be able to smash the stigma out there and tear down barriers,” the prince told him.

“Meeting the princes was amazing. It wasn’t just a meet-and-greet they were genuinely interested in what we did and were asking questions. You can tell they care a lot.”

At the ceremony, Prince Harry joked with Dickinson that she was the most talented fellow redhead in the room.

As she received her Legacy Award from the brothers on stage, Harry leaned forward and told her she was “by far the most impressive redhead there!” 

“They both said congratulations and that I deserve it,” she said of getting one of the 20 awards.

One of the judges on the panel s Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK b man yellow2and a friend Diana, who said she “was humbled by reading the extraordinary achievements of every young person who was nominated for this award.”

“The winners are truly inspirational — often coming from extremely difficult circumstances. It left me feeling profoundly hopeful for our future knowing these young people will be part of that future and our future leaders.”

Tessy Ojo, the Diana Award’s chief executive, added, “Today is about two things; celebrating young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, sometimes in the face of adversity and demonstrating to young people that we, as a collective, value them.”

In addition to meeting Diana’s sons at the palace, the winners will be able to access the Diana Award’s development program that helps enhance their skills in four key areas of leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

The Diana Award runs programs from anti-bullying to encouraging mentoring which have received public support from William and Harry.

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Nthabiseng said: Before I moved to Thuso, I was helpless and sad. I could not bath or feed myself and I often got teased by the other children.

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Heads Together ~ A Mental Health Campaign

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“Bottling everything up can become self-destructive and as men we can be socially awkward. CALM offers a way to break the silence.”~ Esco Williams, musician

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, smilie-sherk3we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

-king-of-the-worldToo often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well-being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.

Being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year is the perfect springboard for the Heads Together campaign. We cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health once and for all.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and well-being, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

fairy tale princess2There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental woman2health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highness’s are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well-being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

They are privileged to be working with partner charities who have achieved so much in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. The team of charity partners working on Heads Together covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions.

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There will be a number of ways to get involved and show your support for the campaign. Sign up to join the campaign and be kept up to date here and apply to run for Heads Together in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Heads Together runners will raise vital funds and awareness for our charity partners and play their part in starting conversations on mental health with their friends, families and workmates.

Heads Together is an initiative coordinated by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, registered charity no. 1132048

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PRINCE WILLIAM, PRINCESS KATE START FIGHT AGAINST MALE SUICIDE

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I believe that the Royal Family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly. ~ Margaret Thatcher

royalsIn a three-pronged approach, Prince William, Princess Catherine and Prince Harry have all took it among themselves to raise king-smileyawareness on and to tackle mental illness. According to People Magazine, the Duchess of Cambridge is focusing on children, Prince Harry on service members, and Prince William on young men and adults.

The Duke of Cambridge’shappy-smiley-crown-design-information-related-to-manifestation-emotions-37906718 focus on mental illness, specifically in the cases of young men and adults, is said to be inspired by his witnessing the different consequences of these, from his work as an air ambulance pilot. During his first3711.jpg months working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Prince Wiliam’s crew dealt with some cases on young men’s suicide. Some of the Prince’s missions involved him having to transport medical crews who would in turn aid men whose situations led them to queen.jpgtake their own lives.

It was also earlier reported by People Magazine that Prince William’s eyes were opened to depression and other problems that young people deal with through his work with Centerpoint, a charity focused on homelessness. Prince William was also alarmed at the number of young gay men who have committed suicide.

Prince William, following The Duchess’ public appearance to tackle the said issue, is to make his first public steps soon as well. The two ill hear numerous stories in person on March 10th  one of them of Jonny Benjamin, whose life was saved in 2008 by a stranger as Benjamin clipart-king-smiley-emoticon-512x512-7be5was contemplating suicide.

After hearing the stories first hand, the royal couple will return to the Kensington Palace to watch part of a documentary surrounded on Benjamin’s experience. They will be joined by 20 children from a school in South London. Shortly after, Prince William and Princess Kate will engage in a discussion with a small group that has been affected in various ways by suicide.

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