Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have only been removed from the British royal family for a few months. However, they are already using their voices and platforms in ways that they were unable to do previously as senior working members of the family. Though the pair are secluded in their temporary Beverly Hills home, they are doing their part to speak out about current social movements.
Since their shocking move to LA, the Sussexes have been spotted out and about, volunteering with various local organizations to bring aid to those most affected by COVID-19.
The pair have also been speaking up about the racism and injustices faced by Black Americans and Black Brits in a way that has been unprecedented for royals Now, Prince Harry has just called out his own family to right their past wrongs.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are avid supporters of Black Lives Matter
The world exploded when George Floyd was murdered at the hands of police officers on Memorial Day. Almost immediately, Meghan and Prince Harry began educating themselves on how to speak out. The duchess has personally experienced racism, while the prince has hoped to become a better ally.
Through the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which they still oversee, the Sussexes released a statement saying,
Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world. As a global community of young leaders, we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward. Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter.
They also included a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that reads, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. “
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have acknowledged the very real pain of racism
Following their statement through the Queen’s Commonwealth, the duchess gave a moving commencement address to her former high school, Immaculate Heart. In her six-minute address, she recalled living through the 1992 LA riots and spoke to young people about Black Lives Matter.
“I know you know that Black Lives Matter,” she said. “I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are ready, we need you and you are prepared,” Meghan said. “I’m so proud to call each of you a fellow alumni. I am cheering you on, all along the way. I am exceptionally proud of you.”
Last week, while awarding recipients of the 2020 Diana Wards ceremony, named for his mother, the late Princess Diana, the prince spoke openly about institutional racism. “I, too, am sorry. Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place that you deserve it to be,” he said per CNN. “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.”
Prince Harry just called on his family to right their past wrongs
With the launch of their Archewell foundation on hold, the Sussexes have been working behind the scenes with Black Lives Matter activists. Now, the prince has directly called out his family for their colonial past.
During a July 1 session of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the prince got candid. He said,
When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past. So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do. It’s not going to be easy, and in some cases, it’s not going to be comfortable, but it needs to be done because –guess what Everybody benefits. We can’t deny or ignore the fact that all of us have been educated to see the world differently. However, once you start to realize that there is that bias there, then you need to acknowledge it, you need to do the work to become more aware … so that you can help stand up for something that is so wrong and should not be acceptable in our society today.
At present the Commonwealth is made up of 54 countries, almost all of them were previously ruled by Britain.