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Prince Harry on Princess Diana: ‘I will always look up to her as my ideal role model’

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Source: mirror.co.uk

The royal was speaking at the inaugural summit of former US president Barack Obama’s foundation

Prince Harry has praised late mother Princess Diana as his “ideal role model”.

The royal, who was speaking at the inaugural summit of former US president Barack Obama’s foundation, glowed with pride as he explained why he thought she had earned the moniker ‘People’s Princess’.

“I think she had a lot in common with everybody, but she would also listen,” he said.

“[She put] her name and platform towards some of the big issues which had never been talked about before.

“I will always look up to her as my ideal role model. Everything she did was having an impact, it was making a difference,” he said (Image: AFP)

Prince Harry listens to remarks at the Obama Foundation Summit (Image: AFP)

“We suffer from this illusion, or reality I suppose, where some problems become so big no one wants to get involved.

“She was the one who wanted to change that.

Princess Diana at a ceremony at Red Cross HQ back in 1997 (Image: AFP)

“I will always look up to her as my ideal role model. Everything she did was having an impact, it was making a difference.”

He added that he believed Diana had “rewritten the rule book” for the royals, and the role they play in society.

He said: “All the people she was working with would be incredibly grateful for her pushing those boundaries.”

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave following a visit to the White Garden in Kensington Palace (Image: PA)

Earlier in the day, he also said he believes young people hold “the solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems”.

The Prince, who attended the event a year on from when news of his relationship with American actress Meghan Markle hit the headlines, said the younger generation had “turned me into an optimist”, as he talked about meeting young people across the world.

He added that he believed Diana had “rewritten the rule book” for the royals, and the role they play in society (Image: © www.splashnews.com)

He said they gave him “all of my passion and inspiration”, adding: “The younger generation… are the best connected, the most passionate I think we’ve ever had.

“So what we need to do is we need to create a platform so they can be heard, because they have the solutions to the some of the world’s biggest problems.”

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