PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle encouraged Britain in a new video to acknowledge “the uncomfortable” past of the Commonwealth as they continue to speak out against racial injustice, according to a report.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who stunned his family and the world earlier this year when the couple announced they were abandoning their roles as “senior” royals, said there is “no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” the Telegraph reported.
The 38-year-old Duchess said: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this.”
The couple addressed young leaders during last week’s session of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which they are president and vice president, from their Los Angeles home after their recent response to the Black Lives Matter movement following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do,” the Duke said in addressing the historic injustice involving the slave trade.
“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what, everybody benefits,” he added, according to the news outlet.
Harry, who recently spoke about “endemic” institutional racism, said: “The optimism and the hope that we get is from listening and speaking to people like you, because there is no turning back now, everything is coming to a head.”
He added: “Solutions exist and change is happening far quicker than it ever has done before.”
Markle said: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships.
“Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing, which is a fundamental human right,” she added.
The Duke — who was seen on video in 2009 using a racial slur about a military colleague three years earlier — continued: “When it comes to institutional and systemic racism, it’s there and it stays there because someone, somewhere, is benefiting from it.
“We can’t deny or ignore the fact that all of us have been brought up and educated to see the world differently,” he said.
“However, once you start to realize that there is that bias there, you need to acknowledge it. And then you need to do the work to become more aware … so that you can help stand up for something that is so wrong and should not be acceptable in our society today,” Harry added, the Telegraph reported.
A spokesman for the couple said: “In response to the growing Black Lives Matter movement, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has been running a weekly discussion with young people looking at various forms of injustice on the experiences of young people today.
“As president and vice president, the Duke and Duchess felt it was important to be part of it.”
The Commonwealth, which is headed by Queen Elizabeth II, comprises 54 “independent and equal countries” working together to “promote prosperity, democracy and peace, amplify the voice of small states, and protect the environment.”