Prince William and Prince Harry unite in a special message for charity close to their hearts

Queen Elizabeth II's grandsons (L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (R) arrive to hold a vigil around Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 17, 2022, ahead of his funeral on Monday.  -Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall within the Palace of Westminster until 05:30 GMT on 19 September, just hours before her funeral, with long lines waiting in front of her coffin to pay their respects.  (Photo by Aaron Chown/POOL/AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II’s grandsons (L-R) Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales (R) arrive to hold a vigil around Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 17, 2022, ahead of his funeral on Monday. -Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall within the Palace of Westminster until 05:30 GMT on 19 September, just hours before her funeral, with long lines waiting in front of her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Aaron Chown/POOL/AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Prince William and Prince Harry joined in a message to a special family close to them this week.

The Prince of Wales, 40, and the Duke of Sussex, 38, have jointly signed a letter praising the work of a charity they both support and honor a family “that we all love and adore”.

Their message reached the annual fundraising service for the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization set up by the parents, Alex and Claire, and siblings of their late friend, Henry van Straubenzee.

The royal brothers are patrons of the charity and have been attendees – and speakers – along with their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, at the festive event in the past.

The charity supports schools and helps build, restore and improve buildings, enabling children to have better and better equipped classrooms and facilities such as toilets. When he died in a car accident in 2002, Henry had to travel to Uganda to work in a school during his gap year.

Mandatory credits: photo by Kirsty O'Connor/AP/Shutterstock (13381259a) From left, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to meet the public at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, at Windsor, England Royals, Windsor, UK - 10th September 2022

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Henry’s brothers Thomas and Charlie remain close to the princes and are godparents to William’s daughter Princess Charlotte and Harry’s son Archie respectively.

The letter signed jointly by William and Harry was brought in the order of service at Thursday’s carol service, which was attended by close friends, including Princess Kate’s sister and brother, Pippa and James, and their spouses, in St. Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, Chelsea.

Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shake hands after challenging each other in the Sentebale Polo Cup polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club June 12, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.

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Together, the princes wrote: “We believe everyone here tonight will agree that what Claire and Alex have been building since 2009… schools in rural Uganda where 1,700 projects have been completed and over 35,000 children , every year, they benefit from an education that they otherwise would not have had”.

“For those of us who knew Henners, we will always miss his mischievous charm and hilarious sense of humor,” they continued.

And although the brothers noted that the charity will gradually be scaled down, the letter nonetheless states that “Henry’s legacy will live on through the incredible accomplishments of what his mother and father have accomplished over the years.”

Wishing everyone a “pleasant evening and a merry Christmas,” the letter concluded: “As long as funds permit, they will continue to monitor their schools, enduring that the children of southeastern Uganda receive that vital education, providing an opportunity to escape poverty as they grow up and hopefully that of their children in the future. Thank you for your continued support in making this possible and for the undying support of the Van family who we all love and adore.” .

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive for the 2022 Earthshot Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts on December 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/ AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive for the 2022 Earthshot Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts on December 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/ AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

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The princes could not be at the carol service in person for several reasons.

William and Kate, 40, returned to Britain on Saturday morning following their three-day trip to Boston, which concluded with a triumphant Earthshot Prize ceremony at Fenway’s MGM Grand.

Harry, meanwhile, was in California, where he lives with Meghan, 41, and their children, son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet Diana, 1.

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