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Harry will ‘share the spirit’ of Diana on the 25th anniversary of her death

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The Duke of Sussex has said he will ‘share the spirit’ of Diana, Princess of Wales with his children as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of her death.

Harry said he wished Archie and Lilibet could have met his late mother who he said will “surely never be forgotten”.

Speaking at a dinner party in Aspen, Colorado, for Sentebale – his Africa-based charity which supports young people with HIV – Harry said he hoped to make Diana proud every day.

The Duke of Sussex plays in a polo match during the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Aspen Valley Polo Club in Carbondale, Colorado (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The Duke said: “My dear friend Prince Seeiso and I founded Sentebale 16 years ago in honor of our mothers, with a mission to support many of the most vulnerable young people on the planet – and to provide care and help them thrive.

“In Sesotho, the language of the Basotho – the word Sentebale means ‘forget me not’.

“Next week is the 25th anniversary of my mother’s death, and she will certainly never be forgotten.

“I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it.

“I want it to be a day to share my mother’s spirit with my family, with my children, who I wish I could have met.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie in 2019 (Toby Melville/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie in 2019 (Toby Melville/PA)

“Every day, I hope to make her proud. She was tireless in her work to support and de-stigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS. For good reason, her favorite flowers were the forget-me-nots.

“I hope we can remember my mother’s legacy by recommitting to those we serve, whoever and wherever.

“For Sentebale, our commitment is to end HIV and provide meaningful care and support to children and young people whose lives have been affected by this disease. Because they too will never be forgotten.

Diana died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

His legacy lives on in his sons Harry and William through their work advocating for causes close to his heart.

Harry has taken up the cause of supporting people living with HIV/AIDS through Sentebale and by publicly testing for the virus – including with pop superstar Rihanna in 2016.

Diana, Princess of Wales (John Stillwell/PA)
Diana, Princess of Wales (John Stillwell/PA)

Earlier on Thursday, Harry claimed victory at an annual charity polo tournament in Aspen with commentators praising his ‘superstar’ game in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup.

During his post-polo speech, Harry said: “At Sentebale, we strive every day to break generational cycles of trauma and stigma.

“By educating and empowering young people to know their status and know that they can live a long and healthy life while on medication, we aim to end HIV once and for all.

“By being here today, you are part of our journey. So we thank you. I thank you. And if she was here, I know my mom would thank you too.