Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made their first, joint TV appearance this week since stepping down from their royal roles, during a broadcast special unveiling of the ‘Time 100, 2020’, which is Time‘s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
During the appearance, which was filmed from the backyard of their new home in Santa Barbara, the couple congratulated those who have been named on Time‘s influential list but also took the opportunity to mention the upcoming US elections.
“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020
The appearance, which lasted around two minutes, marks the couple’s first joint appearance since stepping down from their royal duties earlier this year. Speaking on the importance of Time’s 100, which both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were named part of, two years ago, the couple recognized the efforts and work that many of the honorees are doing to create a better world. “Tonight reminds us of how important it is to watch out for each other, to care for each other, and to inspire each other,” Harry said. “We are incredibly proud to join you in this historic moment in time.”
Alongside notes about the upcoming US elections, both Markle and Prince Harry emphasized the importance of being mindful of the information that is consumed both over the internet and offline too. “As we work to re-imagine the world around us, let’s challenge ourselves to build communities of compassion. Seeing our world through the lens of community is so important. Because we need to redraw the lines of how we engage with each other, both online and off.” The Duchess of Sussex said, “What we’re exposed to online seeps into how we engage with each other offline. It can train us to be kind, or it can train us to be cruel.”