Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust youth leaders recently to address issues of racial injustice.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who serve as president and vice-president, respectively, of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust joined in on ongoing discussions amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, sparked by the murder of George Floyd, on 1 July.
Both Harry and Meghan have spoken out in recent weeks about racial injustice and made it a focus of their new organisation, Archewell, going forward.
According to People, the couple spoke with Chrisann Jarrett, QCT Trustee and co-founder and co-CEO of We Belong, Alicia Wallace, director of Equality Bahamas, Mike Omoniyi, founder and CEO of The Common Sense Network and Abdullahi Alim who leads the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers network of emerging young leaders in Africa and the Middle East.
“We can’t deny or ignore the fact that all of us have been educated to see the world differently,” Harry said during their conversation. “However, once you start to realise 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.”
Speaking about the unconscious bias, Meghan added: “It’s not even in the big moments, it’s in the quiet moments where racism and unconscious bias lies and thrives. It makes it confusing for a lot of people to understand the role that they play in that, either passively or actively.”
Harry went on to acknowledge that we need to do more the right the wrongs of the past while Meghan said: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships.
“Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing—which is a fundamental human right.”
“Know that we are right there with you, standing in solidarity,” Meghan said. “We’re going to get there, and we have a lot of renewed faith and energy in that having had this conversation.”
Harry added: “The optimism and the hope that we get is from listening and speaking to people like you, because there is no turning back now, everything is coming to a head. Solutions exist and change is happening far quicker than it ever has before. This change is needed and it’s coming.”