Referring to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Princess thanked “individuals (who) stood up and made sure they met the most basic needs of our community” over the past year, which she found to be “a challenge for everyone.”
“They ensured that those around them did not have to suffer in isolation,” he said on the show.
The princess and her husband, Prince Harry, left their lead royal roles in March when Covid-19 spread around the world and eventually moved to California.
Despite remaining lower profiles, the couple continues to work for a number of charities in the Los Angeles area. In April, meals were delivered to LA residents through Project Angel Food, which helps feed chronic patients.
At the beginning of the school year, the couple distributed students in need with Baby2Baby according to the charity’s Instagram page, and Prince Harry was spotted volunteering at the Compton-based Walker Family Events Foundation, which supports veterans and their families.
In her speech on CNN’s Heroes special, the Princess remarked that “in the face of this devastating reality … we have seen the power of the human spirit and the remarkable way communities respond in challenging times”.
“We saw good in people, in our neighbors, and in whole communities that said they wouldn’t stand up while our neighbors were starving,” he said.
For the past 14 years, CNN Heroes has honored all the people who are committed to making the world a better place. Hosted by CNN Anderson Cooper and ABC Kelly Ripa, the annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute will be broadcast to a live audience, but has been pre-taped this year due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Other celebrity presenters included comedians Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt, actresses Angela Bassett and Gal Gadot, and special guests Dr. Anthony Fauci and chef José Andrés.