Prince Harry has paid tribute to young people tackling racial inequality in a surprise message.
Also speaking on behalf of his brother, Prince William, he praised recipients of the Diana Award on what would have been their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s 59th birthday.
The prince said those working on race issues gave him the “greatest hope” amid divisions in the world.
His wife, Meghan, recently spoke to her old school about George Floyd’s death.
In a video message, the Duke of Sussex said he was “incredibly proud” to be part of the awards, which “honour” his mother’s legacy, telling recipients that she would have been “fighting your corner”.
He praised the “incredible work” young people were doing in making a “positive mark” on the world during a time of “great uncertainty”.
He said situations were arising around the world where “division, isolation and anger” were dominating as “pain and trauma come to the surface”.
But he said he saw “the greatest hope” in people like them, adding he was “confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal” because it was in their hands.
The charity was set up in memory of the princess who was killed in a car crash in 1997 when Harry was just 12 and William 15.
The duke singled out the work of some of the 184 children and young adults presented with the accolade this year for their social action or humanitarian efforts.
One of them was 24-year-old James Frater, a young black boy of Caribbean descent from London, who had had 300 detentions and exclusions from school before being mentored by four teachers.
He is now training to become a doctor and has focused on creating initiatives to increase the representation of black students at university, particularly those in the prestigious Russell Group.
The Vamps star James McVey hosted this year’s award event, which included virtual messages from celebrities including singers Liam Payne and Bastille’s Dan Smith, actor Will Poulter, and actress Dame Emma Thompson.
Last month, the Duchess of Sussex gave a personal speech to students at her old high school following the death of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, in the USA, telling students his life “mattered”.
Mr Floyd died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes on 25 May. His death sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests, including in the UK.
Hundreds of anti-racism activists gathered for demonstrations in cities including London, Coventry and Newcastle, despite the coronavirus lockdown.