Prince Harry Accepts Award Celebrating Princess Diana's AIDS Activism

Prince Harry Accepts Award From Gay Magazine On Behalf Of Princess Diana's Historic AIDS Activism

Prince Harry Accepts Award From Gay Magazine On Behalf Of Princess Diana's Historic AIDS Activism

Collecting the award on his and his brother Prince William's behalf, Prince Harry recalled his mother's work ending the stigma around AIDS.

Prince Harry accepted an award posthumously honoring Princess Diana's HIV/AIDS activism, tonight at the Attitude Awards in London.

Prince Harry said if his mother were still alive, she would be "standing alongside" those living with HIV.

Prince Harry touched many hearts, just like his mother did, while giving a speech at the Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards, on Thursday night.

"She knew that AIDS was one of the things that many people wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge".

Princess Diana meeting with AIDS patients in Brazil in 1991.

"So in that April, she shook the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV in front of the cameras", he later said.

"I believe that she would be telling everyone across society - not just those most at risk - that with effective treatment being free and available in the United Kingdom, that we must all embrace regular testing - both for our own sake and for those that we love".

"She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a unsafe situation when mixed with homophobia", the Prince explained.

If she were still alive, he said she "would be demanding" free and available testing and treatment for people all across the world.

The prince said that although he's sure his mother would be proud of his work, that's not why he chooses to follow down a similar path. "She knew exactly what she was doing-she was using her position as Princess of Wales, the most famous woman in the world, to challenge everyone to educate themselves, to find their compassion, and to reach out to those who need help instead of pushing them away".