Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex came together to honor their late friend Henry van Straubenzee

Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex came together to honor their late friend Henry van Straubenzee

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex have come together to honor their late friend Henry van Straubenzee. A combined letter sent for a carol concert benefiting the ‘Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund’ at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, London, on December 1, had both siblings’ signatures.

According to Us Weekly, this is the first time they have issued a joint statement in at least a year. Their joint-signed letter in remembrance of ‘Henners’ was read aloud at Thursday’s carol service, which was attended by close friends including the Princess of Wales’s sister and brother, Pippa and James, and their spouses.

It said: “As you gather together under this roof tonight, the charity is supporting 51 nurseries, and primary and secondary schools in rural Uganda, where 1,700 projects have been completed and over 35,000 children, each year, are benefitting by receiving the education they wouldn’t have otherwise.

“Where there were old, dilapidated and unsafe school buildings, there are now schools which have their own water supplies, proper safe buildings to learn in, and essential hygienic facilities which are conducive to a healthy learning environment.”

Henry died as a passenger in a car accident on December 14, 2002, at the age of 18, and the charity established in his honor by his parents, Alex and Claire, supports schools and helps construct, renovate, and improve buildings.

But Prince William and Harry’s message said about the foundation ending: “It is with a mixture of great pride and sadness, therefore, that tonight we share with you Claire and Alex’s plan to embark on a gradual winding down of the charity.

“Henry’s legacy will live on through the incredible achievements of his mum and dad have accomplished over the years. For those of us who knew Henners, we will always miss his mischievous charm and hilarious sense of humor.

“But everyone here tonight, his family and many friends, are able to come together and remember him twenty years after his death by being here at St Luke’s Church to celebrate his life and legacy at this Christmas time.”

William and Harry, as patrons of the organization, have previously attended the yearly carol service in his honor with their wives. Thomas and Charlie, Henry’s siblings, remain close to the two brothers and are godparents to William’s daughter Princess Charlotte and Harry’s son Archie.

The letter added: “Claire and Alex tell us that their work is not over yet! As long as funds permit, they will continue to monitor their schools, ensuring that the children of South East Uganda receive that vital education, providing the opportunity to escape poverty as they grow up, and hopefully that of their own children in the future.

“Thank you for all your continued support in making this possible, and for the everlasting support of the van family who we all love and adore. Have another enjoyable evening and a very Happy Christmas.”


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