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Prince William surprises young ambassadors with the Diana Award


The Duke of Cambridge was surrounded by snapshots of George, Charlotte and Louis as he praised the efforts of young people working with a charity to fight online bullying and promote the legacy of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

William said it was "heartbreaking" to hear how abuse over the internet had affected the lives of youthful Diana Award ambassadors when he spoke to the group during Anti-Bullying Week.

The Diana Award, created in memory of the Princess and her belief that young people have the power to change the world, has trained more than 35,000 young people to be anti-bullying ambassadors who stand up for victims in Use schools and communities.

The Duke surprised the young ambassadors with an unannounced appearance on a video call to show his admiration for their work. He spoke of a living room in Apartment 1A, the four-story property he shares with Mrs. Kate Middleton and their children George, seven, Charlotte, five and Louis, two.

Although some rooms have been photographed, including the salon where William and Kate hosted the Obamas in 2016, it's still unusual to get a glimpse of where the Cambridges lived.

A closer look at photos previously shown on a video call from Kate shows how the Cambridges have taken a traditional approach to decorating and how many parents cherish photos of their children.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, has paid tribute to his mother's legacy by supporting young people battling online bullying during the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured surprising teenage ambassadors

Top picture (LR): Alex Holmes (Deputy CEO of the Diana Award), Tessy Ojo (Managing Director of the Diana Award), middle (LR): Jude Bedford (16 years from Cambridge), Paige Keen (14 years from Norwich), Isabel Broderick (15 years old from the West Midlands) and below: Lillian Rose Marie Agnew (Rose), 14 years old and from Warwick

Top picture (LR): Alex Holmes (Deputy CEO of the Diana Award), Tessy Ojo (Managing Director of the Diana Award), middle (LR): Jude Bedford (16 years from Cambridge), Paige Keen (14 years from Norwich), Isabel Broderick (15 years old from the West Midlands) and below: Lillian Rose Marie Agnew (Rose), 14 years old and from Warwick

Below the photos is one on the far right of Kate showing George laughing in the grounds of Kensington Palace while wearing his English football top. The carefree snapshot was published last year on the occasion of the prince's sixth birthday.

Lucy Askew, interior decorating expert at www.Hillarys.co.uk, described the interiors as "classically old-fashioned" and said the family photos helped bring a touch of "normal" to the formal setting.

To the left of Prince Williams' left shoulder is a photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte smiling in their school uniforms. Charlotte shines with one arm around her brother's waist while George gives the camera a shy smile.

The photo was taken of Kate on the steps of Kensington Palace on Charlotte's first day of school in Thomas & # 39; Battersea last year. It was posted on Kensington Palace's Instagram account to celebrate the occasion.

Also on display is a touching photo of Kate with her youngest son Louis, taken last summer while visiting family at the Duchess of Cambridge's Back To Nature Garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

In the photo, Kate crouches down to cuddle her young son while he explores the garden.

In sight is a photo of the Duke of Cambridge travels for the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired in September. The photo shows William laughing as he leaned against a window of a four-wheel drive vehicle in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in 2018.

It was shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account last June to thank the royal fans for their good wishes on the Duke's 38th birthday.

During today's video call, Prince William overheard the ambassadors themselves enduring abuse online before deciding to use their experience to support their peers.

Football Fan: A photo taken by Kate of George laughing in the grounds of Kensington Palace while wearing his English football top. The carefree snapshot was published last year on the occasion of the prince's sixth birthday

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Football Fan: A photo taken by Kate of George laughing in the grounds of Kensington Palace while wearing his English football top. The carefree snapshot was published last year on the occasion of the prince's sixth birthday

Back to school! Just behind Kate's shoulder is this adorable photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, taken on Charlotte's first day of school in September 2018

The young royals were photographed on the steps of Kensington Palace

Back to school! This adorable photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte was taken on Charlotte's first day of school in September 2018. The young kings were photographed on the steps of Kensington Palace

William said, & # 39; It's just horrible and very moving to hear you talk about how you want to help others and make sure that doesn't happen to anyone else.

“This is the most important thing that you realize that this is not going to beat you and you want to make sure that others don't go through the same agony that you went through.

“But I'm just so sorry that you experienced these circumstances and these bullies. It's heartbreaking to hear the impact it has had on your school, life and things like that.

“It is clear that you all took over and beat what is fantastic. Because it can reach too many people – and unfortunately also – and some of them can't get through. & # 39;

Although schools have been closed for much of this year due to Covid-19, the charity's anti-bullying ambassadors said abuse had just started to spread online.

Rose Agnew (14) from Warwick, Jude Bedford (16) from Cambridge, Paige Keen (14) from Norwich and Isabel Broderick (15) from the West Midlands shared their experiences with the Duke.

They were invited to a video interview on Thursday but had no idea it would be with the future king. "No way, no way," cried Rose, delighted.

Laughing, William replied, “Well, at least one of you recognized me. The other three are not entirely sure … & # 39;

Isabel told him that she suffered social anxiety after being attacked from an anonymous online account that threatened to reveal fabricated personal and sensitive information about her at the end of her eighth year.

Tender moment: Also on display is a touching photo of Kate with her youngest son Louis, taken last summer during a family visit to the Duchess of Cambridge's Back To Nature Garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show

In the photo, Kate crouches down to cuddle her young son while he explores the garden

Tender moment: Also on display is a touching photo of Kate with her youngest son Louis, taken last summer during a family visit to the Duchess of Cambridge's Back To Nature Garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. In the photo (right), Kate crouches down to cuddle her young son while he explores the garden.

Passion Project: Just before the snapshot is a photo of the Duke of Cambridge travels for the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which aired in September

The photo shows William laughing as he leaned against a window of a four-wheel drive vehicle in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in 2018

Passion Project: Among the photos on display is a section of the Duke of Cambridge during his travels for the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet for Us All, which aired in September (left). The photo (right) shows William laughing as he leaned against a window of an off-road vehicle in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in 2018. It was shared on Kensington Palace's Instagram account last June to thank the royal fans for wishing them well on the Duke's 38th birthday

She never found out who was responsible, and it was two years before she told her mother.

William said, “It's a lot for you to live with this stress, this fear, this pressure. It's horrible that you have to live with it for so long. & # 39;

Paige was targeted by a group of boys who edited their online photos and labeled them "fat" or "ugly" while Jude said he was tired of being selected.

Rose, who was affected by racism and other forms of bullying and saw that her schoolwork was badly affected, told William why she had become an ambassador.

"I joined the Diana Award and applied because I know what it is like to be bullied, and that's a feeling I want to try to stop as many people as possible," she said.

"When people hate you for a factor that you can't control and that you can't change, you just feel so powerless."

She told the Duke that there should be anti-bullying ambassadors in every school and that a peer-to-peer mentor, when targeted, would have had a profound impact on her life.

When William asked if bullying had gotten worse due to bans and everyone had spent so much more time on video calls and social media before schools returned in September, Rose suggested that it was worse when people were no longer personal.

"What was commonly said when people were being bullied was much worse because it was online because our whole lives had been online and bullying came with it," she said.

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