The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a statement on the current state of the world, pledging to do all they can to help. The couple took to the website for their foundation, Archewell, to pen a touching note on the devastation following a massive earthquake in Haiti, the political developments in Afghanistan, and the global spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.
“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,” their statement read.
They added, “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. To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry encouraged their followers to support organizations in need and urged leaders to speak out on these issues at the right opportunity. “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,” they urged.
Below the couple’s message, Archewell also shared a number of organizations including World Central Kitchen, Women for Afghan Women, Afghanaid, Mercy Corps, and the Invictus Games Foundation, as charities to support during this time, as well as a number of mental health outlets for anyone who may be struggling amid the surplus of negative world news. “We recognize that many of you may feel helpless right now as you watch the state of the world spin rapidly,” a note from the Archewell team read alongside the list of resources. “It can feel disorienting and defeating, but we have faith in the power of shared purpose, action, and commitment to our collective well-being,” it added.