Prince Harry pays emotional tribute to late Queen at the WellChild Awards

​Prince Harry speaks at the WellChild Awards

Prince Harry speaks at the WellChild Awards

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 07/09/2023

- 19:39

Updated: 07/09/2023

- 20:00

The Duke of Sussex delivered a speech after presenting an award

Prince Harry took to the stage at the WellChild awards to present the Inspirational Child award at the event.

The Duke of Sussex presented six-year-old Violet with the honour, who was born with a brain condition and spent much of the past five years in hospital, where she has undergone multiple operations and procedures.

Harry took to the stage to deliver a touching speech, where he paid tribute to all the inspirational children present at the ceremony.

The Duke also took the time to pay tribute to his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, a year on from her death.


“It’s obviously wonderful to be back here, a night I personally look forward to each year”, he said.

“Tonight we meet to celebrate tremendous spirit.


“Your collective stories of strength, passion and perseverance are inspiring to not only people in this room, but people far and wide.

“You have raised the bar time and time again.

“As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last year as my nan passed away. As you also probably know, she would be the first person to insist I still come.

“That’s precisely why, one year on, she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we are together.”

The Duke will be in London for the first anniversary of the Queen’s death on Friday 8th September, but he will not be meeting any members of the Royal Family, including King Charles and Prince William.

According to the Mail, an insider said Charles “had no time in his diary” for reconciliation talks with the Duke.

Relations between Harry and the rest of the family remain strained after the publication of his bombshell memoir Spare in January this year.

Harry is a patron for WellChild and he joined their ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the resilience and achievements of the country’s seriously ill children and youngsters.

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