Prince Harry has apologised to the younger generation that more had not been done to end racism and make the world a better place.
During the Diana Awards ceremony, the Duke of Sussex outlined his personal commitment to tackling institutional racism, warning it has no place in society but that it remains endemic.
His words came after Meghan, who became the first mixed race person to marry a senior royal, delivered an impassioned Black Lives Matter speech to her former high school following the killing of George Floyd in US police custody, sharing her “absolute devastation” at racial divisions.
Harry added: “My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past.
“I too, am sorry. Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place that you deserve it to be.
“Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic.
“Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame, to create a better world for all of you.”
In his most high-profile speech on the issue, the duke paid tribute to those award winners who were working to end racial inequality, saying they gave him the “greatest hope” amid the division, isolation and anger around the world.
And he said of himself and the Duchess of Sussex: “I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change you are all leading.
“Now is the time and we know that you can do it.”
Speaking from Los Angeles where he has moved after quitting as a senior working royal to pursue a life of personal and financial freedom, Harry gave a special mention to recipients who were being recognised for their work on race and injustice.
“Right now we’re seeing situations around the world where division, isolation and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface,” he said.
“But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands.”
He appeared on behalf of both himself and his brother the Duke of Cambridge on what would have been their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s 59th birthday.
In a show of solidarity on the poignant anniversary, William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s official Kensington Royal Twitter account tweeted a link to the full awards ceremony which included Harry’s speech.
The post read: “The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex are proud to congratulate the incredible changemakers that are the recipients of the #2020DianaAwards.”