*Prince Harry and Meghan Markle participated in a virtual call with young UK leaders as a part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Despite stepping back from their royal duties earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still the president and vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. As reported by Entertainment Tonight, during the call, the couple praised Queen Elizabeth II for her role in the Commonwealth.
“I think everything that my grandmother wanted to achieve when she took this huge responsibility on, she’s managed,” Harry said. “No one could have predicted how the world was going to change in such a short space of time, especially with the digital space. But hearing you guys, knowing the broad spectrum that the QCT engulfs, you guys are the definition of the 21st Century Commonwealth and what it means to be a part of it. You’re there standing for equality, for mutual respect, and for fairness.”
The Duchess of Sussex has criticised the “toxicity” of some media attention which she said uses “salacious” stories instead of truthful ones.
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Meghan also noted that she is “newer to the world of the Commonwealth.”
“I lived in Canada for several years, but it wasn’t until joining the family that I was able to meet so many young people throughout the Commonwealth,” the duchess said. “If they came with the question, they always offered a solution. And that’s what I think it so inspiring and [not only] why I’m incredibly proud to be able to work with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, but why it’s a continuation of the legacy of your grandmother.”
The focus of the conversation was the impact of digital platforms on mental health.
“Everyone’s mental and emotional wellbeing are perhaps more fragile than ever before, certainly with COVID and our dependability on devices right now in the absence of human interaction,” Meghan explained. “People are going online more than ever before to feel community.”
Prince Harry also added, “We are all able to show our vulnerability, that doesn’t mean that you’re weak. If anything, I believe that’s probably showing most of your strength,” he said. “And if you’re so in touch with your emotions, you know where you are on each day, well that’s a superpower.”
Toxic masculinity was touched on during the conversation with Harry noting that it’s okay for men to express their emotions.
“If we are all able to show our vulnerability that doesn’t mean that you’re weak,” Prince Harry explained. “If anything, I believe, that’s probably showing most of your strength.”