Prince Harry's touching tribute to Diana at star-studded event

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2017

The prince was speaking at the Attitude magazine awards, where Princess Diana was posthumously honoured with the Legacy award, 20 years after her death. She would, of course, be standing alongside those who are living openly as healthy, happy and HIV-positive.

Prince Harry touched many hearts, just like his mother did, while giving a speech at the Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards, on Thursday night.

Diana famously changed the public perception of AIDS when she shook hands and kissed the cheek of an AIDS patient, showing that the virus could not be transferred from casual contact.

"Very few individuals had the power to change the mindset of millions of people at that time, but Diana knew that she was one of them - and she chose to wield her power to improve the lives of gay men suffering with HIV/Aids".

Harry said she understood the disease created a unsafe situation "when mixed with homophobia".

Harry (below) said: 'I believe that she would be telling everyone across society - not just those most at risk - that with effective treatment being free and available in the United Kingdom, that we must all embrace regular testing - both for our own sake and for those that we love.

"So, when, that April, she took the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV, in front of the cameras, she knew exactly what she was doing".

"She would be demanding that same access to treatment and testing for young people in Africa and across the world".

Talking to the crowd, Harry said he, and brother Prince William, were incredibly proud of her determination.

As he accepted the award, the publication unveiled its new, limited edition magazine cover featuring a black-and-white photograph of Diana by Patrick Demarchelier.

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