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Prince William delivers speech at Diana Legacy Awards — as estranged brother Harry waits his turn

Prince Harry set to attend Diana Legacy Awards event — but only after Prince William has left
Prince Harry set to attend Diana Legacy Awards event -- but only after Prince William has left

Prince William is in the building — so Prince Harry is far away.

The Prince of Wales, 41, spoke onstage Thursday at the Diana Legacy Awards at the Science Museum in London to honor his late mother, Princess Diana.

“This evening’s Legacy Award is particularly special as it marks the 25th anniversary year of the Diana Award — a charity set up to reflect my mother’s belief that young people can change the world,” he said.

William attended the event without his wife, Kate Middleton. via REUTERS
William attended the event without his wife, Kate Middleton. via REUTERS
Prince William poses with award winners during the Diana Legacy Awards at the Science Museum in London on Thursday. via REUTERS
Prince William poses with award winners during the Diana Legacy Awards at the Science Museum in London on Thursday. via REUTERS
William awards Hailey Richman from the U.S. during the Diana Legacy Awards. via REUTERS
William awards Hailey Richman from the U.S. during the Diana Legacy Awards. via REUTERS

“I know that she would have been honored to see a charity in her name doing such inspirational work to uplift young people from all corners of the globe. She taught me that everyone has the potential to give something back; that everyone in need deserves a supporting hand in life.”

“That legacy is something that both Catherine and I have sought to focus on through our work, as have the 50,000 young people who have received a Diana Award over the past 25 years,” William said of his wife, Kate Middleton, who did not attend the ceremony as she continues to recover from abdominal surgery.

William also presented awards to 20 recipients at the event.

William meets Gobhanu Sasankar Korisepati from Oman as he attends The Diana Legacy Awards at the Science Museum on March 14, in London. Getty Images
William meets Gobhanu Sasankar Korisepati from Oman as he attends The Diana Legacy Awards at the Science Museum on March 14, in London. Getty Images
The brothers attended the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
The brothers attended the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The winners will get to chat with Prince Harry, 39, who will be appearing at the event by video — only after William has left the premises as the brothers’ feud continues.

Weeks ago, Harry, who stepped down from the royal family with his wife, Meghan Markle, in 2020, lost his bid for taxpayer-funded UK security protection for his family, which includes the couple’s son, Prince Archie, 4, and daughter Princess Lilibet, 2.

Harry and Markle infamously sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview in March 2021 where they acknowledged that there was truth to rumors of a “royal feud” between the brothers.

William, next to Diana Award Chief Executive Tessy Ojo, shakes hands as he attends the Diana Legacy Awards. via REUTERS
William, next to Diana Award Chief Executive Tessy Ojo, shakes hands as he attends the Diana Legacy Awards. via REUTERS
Princess Diana with Prince Harry and Prince William during a holiday with the Spanish royal family at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in Aug. 1987. Getty Images
Princess Diana with Prince Harry and Prince William during a holiday with the Spanish royal family at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in Aug. 1987. Getty Images
Prince Harry looks to the audience during his speech for the “One Year to Go” Invictus Games dinner in Vancouver on Feb. 16. AP
Prince Harry looks to the audience during his speech for the “One Year to Go” Invictus Games dinner in Vancouver on Feb. 16. AP

“As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been to hell together. But we’re on different paths,” Harry said at the time. “The relationship is ‘space’ at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”

He also wrote about the feud in his 2023 memoir, “Spare.”

The brothers reportedly dodged each other when Harry flew to London to see their father, King Charles III, 75, last month after Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch had been diagnosed with cancer.