Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are speaking out in the midst of the various crises the world is facing. On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a new statement on the website for their nonprofit Archewell, expressing their sorrow and sympathy while also calling for action.
Harry and Meghan say they are "speechless" and "heartbroken"
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan first addressed the most recent ongoing world crisis— the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. "The world is exceptionally fragile right now," their statement begins. "As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless."
Harrry and Meghan then mentioned the hurricane that swept through Haiti, killing and injuring many people. The couple called this tragic event "a growing humanitarian disaster," saying that they are "left heartbroken" in its wake. They also touched on the fear caused by the pandemic's uncertainty, saying it is "exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation."
Harry and Meghan emphasize the value of community
Harry and Meghan went on to talk about how people can support one another during these difficult times. "When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not," they explained in their statement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that while it is "easy to find ourselves feeling powerless" as a people, "we can put our values into action— together." They advocated for individuals to support the important work of charitable organizations, and for those "in positions of global influence" to exercise their power.
A second statement from the Archewell team mentions that the nonprofit is supporting the Afghan military as well as the country's citizens. They stated that they are working with World Central Kitchen when it comes to recovery efforts in Haiti, and are "working to support vaccine equity" during the pandemic.