Prince Harry hits the podium to give an emotional speech at The Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit at The Banking Hall on Tuesday (July 2) in London, England.
The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex spoke with 14 year olds from The Diana Award – the only official charity set up in the late royal’s name – and opened up about how being a father to son Archie
“I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realize that someone looks up to them, that — for that person — you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful,” Harry expressed during the speech (via ET). “Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.”
“But it’s not just my role as a father that shows me that; it’s in the people I see every day that don’t realize how inspirational they are to those watching,” Harry continued. “From small acts of kindness to large measures of character — each move that we make matters, especially when we don’t think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light.”
My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realizing the impact she would have on so many lives,” Harry explained. “You don’t have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model. In fact, it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable.”