Speech by The Duchess of Sussex at the Endeavour Fund Awards 2019
Drapers’ Hall, London
7 February 2019
Thank you so much.
Can I first just say I’m so, so grateful to be back. Last year was my first time coming and it was such a meaningful night, so I really appreciate being invited to be included again tonight.
Before the reception, Harry and I were talking to all of the nominees, and in speaking to one of them, he said, “you know, after I mentioned to him, ‘gosh, the impact you guys make is huge, it’s so much bigger than you.’” And he said, “yeah, it’s not about us; it’s the ripple effect.” And true to form, with the modesty that you find in all of the nominees, yes, it is about the ripple effect. But what I reminded him – and I feel is true for all the nominees – is you don’t have that ripple effect unless each of you is brave enough to make that first wave. And it is so important to remember that because what you’re doing is inspiring so many people. So, thank you from all of us for being that inspiration and congratulations to all the nominees.
The winner for Celebrating Excellence is Nathan Forster.