“I remember being taken by my mother to a homelessness shelter at a young age, her explaining to me why the people I met there matter, why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously.” HRH pic.twitter.com/F1nOPyfZgg— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 23, 2018
It's been two decades since Princess Diana tragically passed away, but her legacy still remains one of the driving forces behind Prince William's charity work. On Tuesday, the royal attended the Charity Commission's annual public meeting, where he delivered a heartwarming speech about his family and his approach to his philanthropic efforts.
"I thought I'd start with something personal — a tribute to my parents," William said. "I have two children, as you probably know (I gather it has been widely reported), and when I first became a father about four and half years ago, I began a process of thinking about the way I had been brought up, and the values that my parents had instilled in me."
William then spoke about how Diana influenced his charity work, saying, "I remember being taken by my mother to a homelessness shelter at a young age, her explaining to me why the people I met there matter; why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously."
He also touched on his father, Prince Charles, and the important lesson he taught him. "From my father, I learned how central charity was to his life, his sense of purpose. The Prince's Trust is not an arms-length organisation for my father. He cares deeply about The Prince's Trust because it is a living projection of his values."
The royal concluded his speech by calling for charity organisations to collaborate and work together for a better outcome. "I know that this message is not always easy to hear: charities exist because those who work and volunteer for them each believe passionately in its importance. And they are right to do so. But as the challenges of the future begin to bear down on us, I believe that this big shift must begin to happen — the sector must be open to collaborate, to share expertise and resources; to focus less on individual interests and more on the benefits that working together will bring. That, I believe, is where the future lies." Read William's speech in full here.