Prince Harry Remembers Princess Diana In Moving Sentebale Dinner Speech [PHOTOS]

After Prince Harry’s speech at tonight’s Sentebale gala in Johannesburg, South Africa, one can’t help but think of Harry as a young boy holding tight to the late Princess of Wales.

Guests, including polo player Nacho Figueras and South African model Bonang Matheba, listened as Harry spoke fondly of his mother, who famously hugged AIDS patients when it was widely assumed that the epidemic could spread through touch.

Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho created Sentebale in their mothers’ memories, and tonight’s dinner marked fundraising efforts for the new Mamohato Center for Children, named after Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.

The Daily Mirror’s Victoria Murphy reports that Harry’s words were touching inside the high society event.

“I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name,” the Prince said at the podium.  “I hope that my mother will be proud, too.”

“Maybe, just maybe,  they are together somewhere up there, with blue prints and sketches already mapped out!” Harry joked.

“I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.”

The Prince explained plans for the center.  “I have met some of the children who have attended the Mamohato Camps, and they have so much more confidence and knowledge of how to live healthy lives.

“With the new Mamohato Camp we will be able to reach four times as many children each year.  It will also be the centre for training new staff and volunteers for our expansion in southern Africa.”

Harry continues to carry on his mother’s work in the fight against AIDS, which affects many people on the African continent.

“The programme encourages children to talk to one another, to learn about the disease, and spread word of their learning through a safe support network,” Harry said.  “Talking about HIV and understanding it isn’t dangerous. Denying it, or not knowing about it, definitely is.”