Prince Harry Calls Princess Diana His ”Ideal Role Model” at Obama Foundation Summit


Prince Harry Calls Princess Diana His ”Ideal Role Model” at Obama Foundation Summit

The globe-trotting Prince Harry hit up Chicago on Tuesday for the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit put on by his good pal, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Prince Harry and Obama Photo (C) TWITTER
Prince Harry and Obama Photo (C) TWITTER

The event’s YouTube page explains, “Some of the world’s most thoughtful and passionate civic leaders will take the stage and lay out the challenges we face, along with the opportunities we have for engagement and transformation.”

For Prince Harry’s segment on the first night of the two-day event, he had a candid conversation with Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, LLC, on ways that youth can be the drivers of community engagement and development.

In the sit-down, the 33-year-old also spoke openly and honestly about how he’s trying to use his immense privilege to help others, as well as speak about the impact that his mother, the late Princess Diana, had on his being of service to others.

During the conversation, Mellody asked the service-oriented royal why he thought his mother was referred to as the “People’s Princess.”

“I think she had a lot in common with everybody but also she certainly listened in a very, very short space of time,” said the prince. “In society we suffer from this illusion or this reality where some problems get so big that nobody wants to get involved. She was the one that changed that.”

The complimentary son also added, “I will always look up to her as being my ideal role model.”

The Brit, who said he’d attended his first “proper royal engagement” at age 4 or 5, also spoke about his charity with brother Prince William and sister-in-law’s charity, Royal Foundation.

During the conversation, Harry was also asked about what inspires him, he answered, “The younger generation of the world has turned me into an optimist…they have the solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.”

Harry, who is dating American actress Meghan Markle, added, “We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure to some of the world’s biggest problems—they are the cure of many communities as well.”

Earlier in the day, the 44th president gave an opening session speech in which he asked the crowd of people at the summit for a number of things, including to be open minded to meeting new people, and to not ask him and his wife for selfies, so that he can have an actual conversation with the attendees, and most importantly to “have fun.”

The summit features around 500 speakers and performers, with grassroots leaders participating alongside big names such as the royal, Common, Jose Andres, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chance the Rapper.


Tags: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Meghan and Harry, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Royals Wedding, Engagement, Obama Foundation, Obama, Opening Session Speech, Princess Diana, Role Model, Princess Diana as Royal Model

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