Prince Harry has praised young Brits for not just ‘surviving but also thriving’ during the coronavirus pandemic in a video message recorded at his LA home for a charity award.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, appeared overjoyed to be recording the message for the OnSide Awards, with the video clip playing before the 2019 ceremony streamed in full for the first time online last night.
In the clip posted to YouTube, he said: ‘Hats off to every single one of you for surviving but also for thriving.’
The words echo those spoken by Meghan Markle, 38, during the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, in which the Duchess of Sussex spoke of her desire to ‘thrive’ in life.
When discussing the challenges of royal life, Meghan told Tom Bradby: ‘I’ve said for a long time to H—that’s what I call him—it’s not enough to just survive something, right? That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy.’
Prince Harry, 35, praised British youngsters for not just surviving ‘but also thriving’ during the coronavirus pandemic in a video clip for the Onside Awards
In the video clip, which was shared online yesterday, Prince Harry said: ‘Just a few months ago we were all together in London at the OnSide youth centre awards and wow what a night that was.
‘I remember meeting so many incredible people and hearing your stories, stories of strength, of determination, of resilience.’
‘But ultimately of courage.’
He continued: ‘These stories and these challenges, these daily challenges that you guys are coming up against are unbelievable.
Prince Harry’s message about thriving was almost identical to words spoken by his wife Meghan, 38, in the ITV documentary of the couple’s time in South Africa
‘So many people will never understand. You guys have the strength to pull through.’
He went on: ‘I can only imagine in the last six weeks have made it even more challenging but this too shall pass.
‘Before you know it, you will be back together again, probably in a youth zone running around having the best time ever.’
The message was almost identical to words spoken by the Duchess in South Africa when she discussed the challenges of royal life.
Prince Harry has supported the OnSide charity for several years (pictured, playing rugby with children as he opens ‘Future’, the new Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham in April 2019)
In the documentary, she revealed how she had long told Prince Harry and that it wasn’t ‘enough to just survive something’ but that the point of life was to ‘thrive’ and ‘feel happy.’
OnSide is one of the UK charities, in addition to his private patronages, that Prince Harry has publicly committed to in his new independent role.
The charity, which has built 12 youth clubs in England, appears to be close to Prince Harry’s heart, with the royal having visited the various facilities at least three times.
He most recently visited the OnSide Youth Zone in East London‘s Barking and Dagenham in April 2019, having previously visited Wigan Youth Zone in July 2016 and the Hive Wirral Youth Zone in January 2019 with the Duchess of Sussex.
As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills (pictured)
Prince Harry shared the message from his home in Los Angeles where he lives with Meghan and their son Archie, one
OnSide Youth Zones pride themselves in providing a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.
Harry’s own personal life has changed immensely in the months since he and wife Meghan gave up their royal duties to move to America.
The family’s move to the couple’s new home in Los Angeles has surrounded Harry on all sides by ‘Team Meghan’, the Daily Mail revealed yesterday.
Prince Harry and Meghan have been living in an ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry since March, with several of Meghan’s closest friends live near the vast £14.5million villa.
During the documentary, Meghan spoke about the challenges of royal life and said she wanted to ‘thrive’, not just survive
They include key figures in the Duchess’s life such as long-term friends Benita Litt, Heather Dorak and Abigail Spencer.
Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard.
Meghan, 38, has told pals she is delighted to be back in her hometown and near friends and her mother, Doria Ragland.
But friends of Harry, 35, have voiced fears that he has few contacts or friends in LA, and will be reliant on his wife’s close circle of confidantes.
Prince Harry praises young Brits for ‘surviving but also for thriving’ in video message from LA home
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