Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are working with young activists to being positive change online. The couple made their first joint appearance from their new home in Santa Barbara along with Queen’s Commonwealth Trust leaders.
The trust is working to ensure that the digital media space is safe and better. The couple is already worried about their one-year-old son, Archie who will be surfing the internet someday.
At the end of the video call, Prince Harry urged the activists to go ahead with the task of ending hate and negativity online. He jokingly said that he feels “way too old” to which Meghan Markle replied, “You’ve got to stop, we’re not old!”
“But it’s true,” Harry said. “This is the world you’re going to inherit.”
Meghan quickly added, “And Archie!”
“And Archie,” Harry repeated. “It’s on all of us collectively to make the world a better place…and we are.”
QCT Nicola Brentnall, Chief executive led the conversation for 30-minute that brought together 4 young leaders working in order to ensure that the internet safe for everyone. Brighton Kaoma, Founder of 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 & Empowerment YouTuber and Founder of “Empowered by Vee.”
“I think everything my grandmother wanted to achieve when she took this huge responsibility on, she’s managed. Hearing you guys, and knowing the broad spectrum that QCT engulfs, you’re the definition of the 21st century Commonwealth, and what it means to be part of it. You are there, standing for equality, for mutual respect, and for fairness,” Prince Harry said.
Meghan, 39 also opened up about coronavirus pandemic that has driven everyone to connect via the internet, which makes it more essential to be a positive experience. “Everyone’s mental and emotional well-being is perhaps more fragile than ever before, certainly with COVID and our dependability on devices right now in the absence of human interaction,” she said. “People are going online more than ever before to feel community.”
“When you look at what these platforms are capable of with that reach, and what that propels in terms of trolling…You can either train people to be cruel, or you can train people to be kind. It’s really that simple,” the Duchess of Sussex further said.
An insider told People, “This is their permanent home. Ever since Archie arrived, everything has been so turbulent, and many things have been up in the air. It has not been easy, necessarily. For the first time in a long time, they have a clear focus.”
For more updates, keep watching this space.