Published 17 May 2017

The Duke and The Prince were presenting The Inaugural Legacy Award to twenty exceptional young people from across the world – who have shown inspiring kindness compassion and service.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at The Diana Awards 2017

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry presented a new award, on behalf of The Diana Award, which honours the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Twenty young people from across the UK and the world received The Inaugural Legacy Award for their outstanding displays of kindness, compassion and service to others.  

The Diana Award was created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people had the power to change the world.

The charity runs anti-bullying and mentoring programmes as well as celebrating young people who carry out inspiring work without any expectation of reward.

Among the twenty young people who won The Legacy Award was Jaylen Arnold from Florida, who decided to make a bold stand after being bullied for having Tourette Syndrome. Over the past 10 years, Jaylen has spoken to over 185,00 students across 20 states, sharing his experience of bullying and encouraging people to practise tolerance.

18 year old Mercy Ngulube from Cardiff is a courageous social activist, who has used her own personal experience of stigma and discrimination to drive her pursuit of equality for young people living with HIV, while Nicholas Nikiforou from Weston Super Mare has created hundreds of postcards from his own artwork to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Nicholas was treated there for a facial 'disfigurement', a term he strongly disagrees with and hopes his artwork will spread the message that 'even if you look different, you should be proud of who you are.'

As well as winning The Legacy Award, recipients will have access to a unique development programme which will provide them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four areas – leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

Find out more about The Diana Award.