Prince Harry and Michelle Obama Made a Surprise Visit to a High School in Chicago
Not one for trick-or-treating, Prince Harry spent his Halloween on a panel at the Obama Foundation's inaugural summit, speaking about his mother's enduring legacy of philanthropy and his obligation to service.
Calling Princess Diana his "ideal role model," Harry described her unwavering commitment to tackling the big, sometimes unsavory issues, and her devotion to giving back.
"In society, we suffer from this illusion, or reality, that some problems become so big that nobody wants to get involved. She was the one that changed that. I will always look up to her," he said. "Everything she did and the way she did it was having an impact, making a difference."
He also spoke of his struggle to cope with his mother's death.
"I think what happened to my mum probably put me a step back, thinking, how could someone who did so much for the world and did so much for everyone else be treated like that by a certain institution?"
And Harry shared how he came to understand the importance of using his unique position to shine a light on causes he feels passionate about.
"Because of the position that we’re in…you’re not in it for four years, eight years, you’re in it for life," he said in a conversation with fellow panelists Mellody Hobson, Chantelle Stefanovic, and David Peterson. "Therefore everything we can do, we have a bigger, longer platform than politicians."
"In today’s world, you have to be involved with things that make sense to where your passions lie, rather than show up to a charity once a year,” he said. “I don’t think that’s beneficial to anybody."
"It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you understand the privileged position that you’re in, you go to spend the rest of your life giving back, and gaining the trust and respect of the general public," he continued.
Watch the full panel below:
Earlier on Tuesday, Harry joined Michelle Obama in surprising students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school on Chicago's south side, across from the site where Obama plans to build his presidential library. According to Kensington Palace's social media accounts, Michele and Harry "spoke about the importance of young people staying inspired and the power of students using their voices to change the world."
Watch the moment when Prince Harry and @michelleobama made a surprise visit to Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. The high school is just across the future site of the Obama Presidential Center. As well as chatting to students with Mrs Obama at the high school, HRH later spoke at The Obama Foundation Summit.
Michelle later thanked her "friend" Prince Harry for accompanying her to the surprise.
Barack Obama and Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games.
“Obama just asked about her filming [Suits] and how it was going, and then Harry asked about Michelle and how she was doing," onlooker Hayley Stover, told The Telegraph.
"Then Harry said, send my love to Michelle.”
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