Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released a statement commenting on how “exceptionally fragile” the world is right now.
The statement touches on the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan, the deadly earthquake that hit Haiti leaving over 1,200 people dead and the continuing Covid-19 pandemic that has left them “scared”.
The Sussexes, who are living in the US, also say that even though the events may leave people feeling “powerless” people can “put our values into action — together”.
On their Archewell website, the home of all their post-royal projects, they write: “The world is exceptionally fragile right now.
“As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless.
“As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken.
“And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.
“When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together.”
In a call to action they also urge people to support charity organisations doing “critical work” and plead with the international community to “alleviate suffering”.
The couple add: “To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work. We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the UN General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
“As an international community, it is the decisions we make now — to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet — that will prove our humanity.”
As well as the statement from Harry and Meghan, the Archewell website also carries a statement from the Archewell team, which details how they are helping in light of these events.
It says that “we hope to do what we can to meet the moment by offering support to the military community and the troops who served in Afghanistan, as well as to the Afghan people facing violence and terror”.
The statement also adds that they are “supporting the emergency response in Haiti with our partner World Central Kitchen, which is working with local organizations that are helping with recovery efforts to save lives and preserve the health of those on the ground”.
And it adds that they are also “working to support vaccine equity through our commitment to combating the spread of misinformation, as well as our ongoing partnerships with Vax Live and Global Citizen.”
The website also lists organisations where people can find out more information about the situations in Afghanistan and Haiti – including Women for Afghan Women, Mercy Corps and Invictus.