Meghan Markle admitted that she knew nothing about the Commonwealth until she joined the Royal Family and raved about the honor of continuing Her Majesty's legacy during a video call with young executives from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.
The 35-year-old Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 39, joined the discussion on Monday at their new $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, California. A video of the call was posted on the QCT YouTube channel today.
Both Meghan and Prince Harry spoke admiringly of the Queen, 94, whom they referred to as "Grandmother" during the video call weeks after their rift with the royal family was exposed in her explosive biography "Finding Freedom".
Meanwhile, the couple raved about the Commonwealth as well, and Meghan said she was "incredibly proud" to work with the QCT, revealing, "(Young people from across the Commonwealth) come up with a question they always have offered a solution and that is what I find so inspiring and why I am incredibly proud to work with the QCT but why it is the continuation of your grandmother's legacy. '
Her affectionate comments for the organization and the Queen come after the couple was criticized for their last conversation with the group in which they called the British Empire, even if recognized, the British Empire, saying that the history of the Commonwealth "must be recognized" must it is "uncomfortable".
The Duchess also spoke about the impact of social media, saying, “If you look at what these platforms can do with this reach and what this is driving forward in terms of trolling … you can either educate people to be cruel or you can people train to be friendly. It really is that simple. & # 39;
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took part in a video call today with young executives from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to discuss how social media can be a "force for good".
The Sussexes have made multiple video calls with their nonprofits since leaving the Royal Family and moving to the United States in March.
QCT Chief Executive Nicola Brentnall chaired the meeting, which was also attended by Brighton Kaoma, Founder of the Agents of Change Foundation in Zambia, Hunter Johnson, Founder of The Man Cave in Australia, Rosie Thomas, Co-Founder of Project Rockit in Australia and Vee Kativhu, Study and Empowerment YouTuber and founder of & # 39; Empowered by Vee & # 39 ;.
In the video call posted today, Prince Harry said, "How can you end hate without sharing it without fueling it?"
He said it was important not to come to the table with just one problem without a solution.
The 39-year-old Meghan spoke of her "incredible pride" in working with the organization, which she described as a continuation of the Queen's legacy
"Solutions are the most important thing I learned in the army. Don't come to the table with a problem unless you have a solution," he said.
Prince Harry also praised his grandmother, saying the Queen achieved everything she wanted by taking on the "great responsibility" of the Commonwealth.
He said, “Nobody could have predicted how the world would change in such a short time, especially with digital space.
“But if you listen to each other and know the broad spectrum that the QCT devours, you are the definition of the Commonwealth of the 21st century and what it means to be a part of it.
"You stand for equality, mutual respect and fairness, and I think each and every one of you should be very proud of that."
Harry, 35, emphasized the importance of not coming to the table with a problem without a solution.
Meanwhile, Meghan admitted that she was “newer” to the organization and said, “I think that from my point of view, since I am newer to the Commonwealth world, I have lived in Canada for several years.
“It wasn't until I joined The Family that I got to meet so many young people across the Commonwealth.
The "awakened" thought leaders inspired Harry and Meghan: Who are Brené Brown and Tristan Harris?
Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965 in London) is an American professor, lecturer, author and podcast host.
After spending her career studying the concepts of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and authoring seven books, including five New York Times bestsellers, Brown is hosting the podcast, and her talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the following most watched Ted Talks of all time.
She is the first researcher to give a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special was published in April 2019 on the streaming service.
She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.
Tristan Harris is President and Co-Founder of the Center for Humane Technology.
It has been described by Atlantic Magazine as "the closest conscience to Silicon Valley".
Early in his career, he was Google's design ethicist, developing a framework for how technology should "ethically" control the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens.
Drawing on literature from addiction, performative magic, social engineering, persuasive design, and behavioral economics, he is currently developing a framework for ethical persuasion, particularly regarding the moral responsibility of technology companies.
In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine named Harris one of the 25 People Who Make the World.
"You came with a question, you always came up with a solution, and that's so inspiring and why I'm incredibly proud to work with the QCT, but why it's the continuation of your grandmother's legacy."
The Queen remains head of the Commonwealth and in 2018 Harry's father, Prince Charles, was announced as her successor.
Meanwhile, the Duchess also said that the "spiritual and emotional well-being" of many people is currently "more fragile than ever" during the open discussion on mental health.
She said, “The spiritual and emotional wellbeing of all people is perhaps more fragile than ever, certainly with COVID and our reliability on devices that are currently in use without human interaction.
“People are going online more than ever to feel like a community.
“When this community becomes decisive and is not a pack forever, but a pack of people who get involved … The challenge is that people feel no escape.
"It can probably feel very lonely in this room."
She added that she felt “sensitive” to what “young girls are experiencing in an online space”.
Commenting on the reach of global platforms and the impact of the social media ripple effect, she says, “If you look at what these platforms with this reach are capable of and what this drives forward in terms of trolling, you can either train people Be cruel or you can train people to be kind. It really is that simple. & # 39;
Meghan also said, “I think what is so important when we talk about positivity and optimism and what a healthy online community looks like is that it is not an echo chamber. An attempt is made to build a healthy community so that people feel safe and maybe go away with a different perspective. & # 39;
“To be able to have a healthy discourse and not be able to agree. It's so important.
“It's not about building a utopia, but about building a healthy community so that people feel safe and heard and maybe leave with a different perspective that they hadn't thought of at the beginning.
"But that they have this interaction … that's what life is about."
During today's discussion, the couple praised Hunter Johnson for quoting mental health advocates Brené Brown and Tristan Harris – two people the couple describe as "loving and utterly adoring".
Hunter also spoke about positive role models with an emphasis on fighting toxic masculinity and how showing vulnerability online can help shape new narratives about masculinity.
He said, “We try to expose them to cool people, how they want to be, who have reach in their identity.
"To show that you can be strong and stoic, but the next day you can shed a tear, you can be emotional … you don't lose your masculinity, but you gain more of your humanity."
The Duke remarked, “If we can all show our vulnerability, that doesn't mean you are weak.
"If anything, I think that probably shows most of your strength."
“When you are so in touch with your emotions and know where you are every day … that's a superpower. If everyone else is stuck the old way, then surely the new way is to think differently and to be ahead of everyone else. & # 39;
Prince Harry added, “Why not benefit from compassion and empathy? It's definitely possible, everyone we've spoken to says it's possible. Perhaps it is time to create the antidote, create the alternative on a global scale.
"Whether you are on these platforms or not, whether you are a user or not, you are still locked into this huge global nervous system, the happiness and sadness of which make the world feel at all."
Harry noted that one factor that underpins positive digital advancement is courage.
Speaking to the young leaders at the call, he said: "It takes a lot of courage to build communities like you did, but it also takes other people to fight hatred."
In the last interview, the Duchess said she was "incredibly proud to work with the QCT" weeks after the extent of her separation from the royal family was exposed in a new explosive biography
He and Meghan ended the call by thanking attendees for their work and pledging their continued commitment to QCT's support of their work.
After joking that he and Meghan are now “too old” to be considered young people, he continued, “This is the world you are about to inherit. I tell you because I predict most of you are. " in your late twenties … "added Meghan," And Archie. "
In his concluding comments, the Duke said to the young leaders: "It is up to all of us to make the world a better place together – and that is us."
During the couple's last conversation with the QCT, the Duke was criticized for apparently attacking the British Empire by saying that Commonwealth history should be "recognized" even if it was "uncomfortable".
In the context of the "justice and equality" discussion, Harry said that the Commonwealth – headed by its grandmother – must follow others who have "acknowledged the past" and "tried to correct its injustice" and admitted to its own have "unconscious bias".
Critics were stunned by the prince's comments. London-based veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards said Harry criticizes that what the Queen "values above all" – what the Commonwealth preserves – is an "insult."
The gushing remarks in support of the Commonwealth's work today come after weeks of controversy for the couple following the publication of their explosive biography Finding Freedom.
Prince Harry and Meghan's earlier comments on the Commonwealth have been heavily criticized by some, including a royal photographer
The book offers a glimpse into the lives of Meghan and Harry during their time as high-ranking kings and contains many details about their shock exit from the royal family.
It deals with the gap between brothers Harry and William, 38, as well as the relationship between their wives.
The explosive biography also claimed Prince Harry and Meghan "injured" the Queen by unilaterally determining their future royal roles without her consent.
The Duke and Duchess claim they were not interviewed for the book, which features a high level of personal detail and a dramatic account of what happened before they left.
Sources told Vanity Fair that the Queen will be the person who gets the most upset about the new bomb book.
A family source claimed, “It will open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on. I think the person who will get upset about this the most is the queen. & # 39;
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