Get Inspired With Prince Harry’s AIDS Conference Speech

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The Duke of Sussex has lent his voice to many honorable causes over the years.

This summer, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (the Duchess of Sussex) have been upstanding advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement. The couple’s advocacy for BLM has ranged from very public speeches to intimate phone calls with hate crime victims.

While the Duke and Duchess lend themselves to countless charities and human rights causes, Prince Harry most recently delivered an uplifting speech at the 2020 virtual AIDS Conference. The Prince’s appearance at this conference was on behalf of his charity, Sentebale. The Duke co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The foundation has since continued to work with African grassroots organizations to aid families struggling with poverty and HIV/AIDS. The organization primarily serves young people in Lesotho and Botswana. The charity’s name is a Sesotho word, which translates to “forget me not” in English.

In his speech, Prince Harry emphasized the importance of meeting trials and hardships with resilience, stating, “This year’s theme is resilience…for many, digging deep to find that resilience has been a challenging experience. For those of you affected by HIV and AIDS, the examples of resilience within one’s self and within the community has been felt and fostered for decades.”

The Duke of Sussex then invited Sekgabo Seselamaruno and Rethabile Sereba to speak about their personal experiences with HIV/AIDs. Reflecting upon the adversities faced by Seselamaruno and Sereba, Harry commented on the importance of hearing their stories. “These young people are willing to speak out on its injustice…and challenge limiting systems in the hope of a more inclusive and accepting environment for all…They are resiliently personified. We all succeed when they are empowered.”

Be sure to check out Prince Harry’s full speech.