In a touching tribute, Prince Harry remembered his mother, the Princess of Wales, who passed away 25 years ago.
Harry acknowledged that the charity was named after the Lesotho word for the forget-me-not flower in a speech after his celebration at the 2022 Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, and he added that his mother “most certainly will never be forgotten.”
He said, “I want it to be a day filled with love and memories of her amazing work and the way she did it.
“I want it to be a day to honor the memory of my mother with my family, with my kids, who I wish could have known her,” the author said.
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“I hope to make her proud every day,” he continued. She worked tirelessly to support and demonize people with HIV/AIDS. Her favorite flowers were forget-me-nots, which is appropriate. By renewing our commitment to those we serve, whoever they may be and wherever they may be, I hope we can honor the legacy of my mother.
The Duchess of Sussex, the Prince’s wife, missed the event.
Harry entered the polo field at the Aspen Valley Polo Club earlier in the day and scored the first goal for the Senebale team. Harry led his team to victory over the Royal Salute team and US Polo ASSN after scoring five goals throughout the competition.
At the dinner that night, Harry also discussed the charity’s ongoing legacy and mentioned that Sentebale is currently operating in Lesotho and Botswana, the countries with the second and fourth highest rates of HIV infection globally.
But he added, “We’re making great strides, largely because we partner with their youth and listen to them.
“In Lesotho, we are achieving UNAIDS targets. Currently, more than 90% of people with HIV are aware of their status, 90% of those who are aware of their status are receiving treatment, and 90% of those receiving treatment have a suppressed viral load.
“In Botswana, rates of adult HIV prevalence have been cut in half over the past 20 years, and the nation is on its way to becoming the first African nation to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmissions, which the World Health Organization has hailed as a “remarkable achievement.”
Before thanking the visitors for being “a part of our journey,” he added, “Yet, the fight is not over and we cannot falter now, especially after the past two and a half years.”
So, we appreciate it. I appreciate it. And I know my mother would thank you too if she were here,” he added.