(CNN) — Prince Harry has said that institutional racism is “endemic” in society and apologized that not enough has been done to combat it.
In a virtual message during the 2020 Diana Awards ceremony Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex honored those who were working to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues, including racial inequality, climate change and mental health.
Speaking about his mother, Harry said: “She never took the easy route, or the popular one, or the comfortable one, but she stood for something, and she stood up for people who needed it.”
He added: “Right now, we are seeing situations around the world where division, isolation and anger are dominating. As pain and trauma come to the surface.”
The prince said he and his wife, Meghan, agree that their generation and the one before them have not done enough to “right the wrongs of the past.”
“I, too, am sorry. Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place that you deserve it to be,” he added.
“Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you,” he said, adding that he was committed to being part of the solution.
Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
The couple said that they were working towards becoming “financially independent” and dropped their titles “His Royal Highness” and “Her Royal Highness,” resulting in them no longer representing the Queen.