The Sussexes discuss Black Lives Matter in a Queen’s Commonwealth Trust video

Nominee, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Jay-Z at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

It’s both painful and funny to see how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to do work to make the Crown look good. Queen Elizabeth – aka Liz of House Petty – has barely done anything over the past four months regarding all of the global conversations on public health, public safety and race and racism. Liz has not said one f–king word about Black Lives Matter, and there are no “palace sources” running around claiming that of course the Queen cares about racial issues in her country and her commonwealth. They can’t say that because it would never even occur to them, just as it hasn’t occurred to the Queen to say jack sh-t. It’s because the Queen really and truly does not believe that black lives matter.

So in the absence of words or support from the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William or any other senior royal, it’s left to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to speak about BLM through their roles in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. They still hold positions with the QCT, even though Liz of House Petty made them “give up” almost all of their other positions. They spoke to young activists about calls to action, racism, owning their mistakes and what’s next for racial and social justice movements. Here’s the video:

So even though the establishment and the royal industrial complex is hellbent on smearing Harry and Meghan constantly, and even though palace sources continue to insist that H&M are unimportant and unroyal, they continue to be the ONLY royals talking about BLM, especially in connection to the Queen’s Commonwealth. You know, the commonwealth of nations which is overwhelmingly young, black and brown. Meghan and Harry were always more appealing to the commonwealth, thus helping the monarchy. If I was in their position, I would withdraw from the QCT and tell the palace that they couldn’t use us as Inclusion Props anymore. Let the Top CEO and her “Bored with Racism” husband take all the questions about global racial justice movements.

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  1. Jess says:

    is it just me or is harry glowing from thos pics? His skin is glowing and he seems a bit more toned and fit. That cali sun is something else i tell ya.

    • Love says:

      Getting away from all that toxicity also helps 😉

    • Ginger says:

      He really does. The press keep trying to say Harry is miserable but pictures and videos tell a different story. This is the best he has looked, honestly.

    • Sid says:

      I don’t doubt there will be some of the usual homesickness most people experience when making a move like this, but I think the California vibe agrees with what we have seen of his personality. The general laidback air and open friendliness seems to suit him. And of course, nice weather doesn’t hurt.

    • MsIam says:

      Oh no, he’s flailing and miserable, haven’t you heard? I just think it’s so funny that the royal ratas keep putting out the “ poor Harry” stories and then he and Meghan show up glowing and glistening.

    • Paula says:

      He is absolutely glowing as is Meghan! (I just saw her blouse identified as the maternity silk tunic she wore in Morocco. Maybe aother reason for the glow?)

  2. ArtHistorian says:

    The BRF would never ever comment on BLM because they (and the Establishment) deem it political (and because they don’t care). I don’t know why anyone expected that they would, I knew that they never would address it. If Meghan had still been a senior royal she would have been prohibited to talk about it.

    • Becks says:

      Sadly, you are correct arthistorian.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Any kind of fight against systemic oppression and discrimination is by its very nature political because it is a fight against a privileged elite that doesn’t want to give up its privileged position. Any kind of fight for justice, freedom and equality is fundamentally political because it is a fight against a system where power rests upon oppression.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      I agree. The BRF aren’t going to take a direct stance against the current American president in an election year when he is up for re-election. It would be seen as interference in a foreign election and put a strain On US relations with the UK if Trump gets a second term. If it wasn’t for Trump, W&K would probably say something. Not because they care, but because they were already trying to talk about racism in order to improve their image.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Can you imagine Catherine-The-Tights-Cryer trying to talk about something as nuanced and complex as the fight for black lives? LMAO! That would be fucking hilarious to see her trying to act as if she’s ever given it even a moments thought.

        If they did find the courage to ignore their own wild hypocrisy (after running the first black member of the BRF out of town) I wouldn’t criticise them for it. As unfortunate as it is to admit it, their voices are important because there are some (dullards) who would take their opinions on this matter at least semi-seriously.

      • MargaritasForBreakfast says:

        They can condemn police misconduct and racism in Britain! They needn’t touch on America at all. Black lives matter protests are happening in the UK

      • MissMarierose says:

        Black Lives Matter is a worldwide movement. There have been several protests/marches in the UK.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        @Bella- Kate would probably make a diversity garden about it because gardens fix everything. “Racism wouldn’t exist if we all just got outside and watched the clouds more.”- The Duchess of Cambridge probably

        @Margaritas- I agree with you because it’s actually been studied and proven that the police in the UK are racist. However, I get why they would never call out the police. They actually do need round the clock RPO’s. There was a very real threat against George not too long ago. We have seen how police get when called out. So, I can see how they would choose not to antagonize the RPO’s around them. That said, there are plenty of other ways that they could continue to approach the issue of racism.

      • Sid says:

        I don’t believe W&K would comment on this, even if it weren’t an election year.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate and William have a painting of a young black slave in their living room so I highly doubt they will ever say anything about racism when they have a racist lawn jockey on the wall in their own home. Until they acknowledge and apologize for that racist act, they can stay quiet on pretending to care about racism forever.

  3. Mary says:

    I totally agree that they are being used as “inclusion props” and should leave the Trust. If I were them I would be loathe to represent that woman.

    • Bren says:

      Harry and Meghan leaving the QCT would be a loss for the organization that wouldn’t get this level of attention without them. The QCT is an independent organization and it represents everything Harry and Meghan stand for. I’m glad they still want to be part of an organization that is trying to drive change.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Yup. As satisfying as leaving would be, it would be cutting off their own noses to spite their faces. Sit put and drive change from within.

      • Thirtynine says:

        I’m not sure they are being used as inclusion props. I would have thought the Queen would rather they didn’t do things like this, and was only glad on account of it being one less article about Andrew being written. Harry and Meghan are aware of the family stance on BLM. But by doing this, they are using the profile ofthe RF to raise up the work of these young activists. Taking their bat and going home doesn’t benefit anyone.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        I don’t think their leaving would accomplish much, though it would be very satisfying to give the Q the middle finger. On the other hand, their staying, and commenting like this, supports us all in our efforts to be better, to do better, and to own our mistakes. Their staying supports all POC in the Commonwealth. This also proves their point they wanted to continue to “support” and “work on behalf” of the Queen. That they are talking about things the Queen would rather not think about, is HER tough, not theirs. That they are talking, though, might could take notice away from the Andrew debacle, and that is not a good thing. Overall, I’m glad they spoke out.

      • Mary says:

        The Queen is the Patron of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Lord Geidt (Queen’s lackey / grey-suited man) is the Chairman. The Queen appointed them to their posts. They serve at her discretion. The Sussexes don’t need to be in that viper’s nest; they can create an equally effective platform to reach youth across the world. Heck, they seem to be doing a pretty good job of it already!

    • Peony_Wise says:

      Like a lot of matters involving the British royals, there’s a lot that isn’t readily known or understood about the QCT (Queen’s Commonwealth Trust). I’ve read that the organization was founded in 2016. And Prince Harry played an up-front, leadership role in QCT’s creation. The Queen is not directly involved, despite the trust carrying her name.

      Therefore, although the honorary title of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador was stripped from Harry, the QCT was likely specifically created with Harry in mind, and he’s the major royal player in its development. It is by this point an important organization to furthering the unity and strength of the Commonwealth via bringing young leaders together from around the world. Stripping Meghan and Harry of their QCT titles and involvement may have been seen by the Queen and Prince Charles as ‘a bridge too far.’ However, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what brother Will desired, irresponsibly.

      I think it’s very probable that the formation of QCT was the follow-through on a promise by the Queen to Prince Harry that he would have an important role in which he could make a difference to the monarchy. Ultimately, the initial idea of the formation of QCT, is likely a big reason why Harry was lured to stay and not to step down from royal life in his 20s. Otherwise, he was probably intent on pursuing a permanent career in the military he loves so much.

      Much later, it makes sense that Meghan probably knew in advance of her marriage, the importance of the roles she & Harry would play in guiding the QCT. That’s surely the reason why Meghan emphasized and paid tribute to Commonwealth countries in the design of her wedding veil.

      It was the military that helped Harry to mature and it’s where he reveled in finding some measure of a ‘normal’ life. In the recent prank phone call recording, Harry innocently revealed how he had felt ‘normal’ while in the military, and that his family don’t understand that reality he experienced.

      So I’m not sure it’s in the monarchy’s best interests to dissolve the QCT, and I really can’t see the organization being effective w/o the founder and his wife at the helm. Surely, the future King Charles understands QCT’s value and importance, especially once the Queen dies and some Commonwealth countries potentially become restless.

      Sticking with the QCT is probably also seen as important to Harry and Meghan. It’s a recent entity that calls out for their guidance and direction. It isn’t too directly connected to the workings of the ancient, dysfunctional monarchy either. It also offers them a way to continue making an important difference globally through working with young leaders around the world. That said, we’ll see what happens, since at the moment, nothing is set in stone.

  4. Sofia says:

    The Sussexes could have continued to focus on the Commonwealth if they were still working royals and the Cambridges on the UK. This seemed like the agreed upon division of duties. But it seems not being the only popular young royals anymore put a dent in the Cambridges’ ego

    A continued loss to the BRF

    • Betsy says:

      It really is. It’s my (silly, impossible) wish that when Elizabeth kicks off that Charles knocks William’s head and tells him to sht or get off the pot in regards to royal work. Let Harry have his place in the succession since he’s the one who actually does work. The loss of Harry and Meghan is a huge one.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Neither Harry nor Archie have lost their places in the line of succession. They remain 6th and 7th in line.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        I think Betsy meant the loss of their participation. And Betsy, I had that same silly, impossible fantasy too.

    • February-Pisces says:

      Harry and meghans roles within the commonwealth trust seems to be the only time The Firm managed to read the room correctly. It’s was just a perfect fit.

      I’m surprised William hasn’t demanded the commonwealth trust position be snatched from harry and handed to him, but then again it’s not as if he would actually do anything for it, although they might get a visit from Kate in 8 years from now.

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, when the Cambridge’s saw how popular the Sussexes were in the Commonwealth they must have been fuming. That is why the Queen had to say that they could no longer be Commonwealth Ambassadors, in order to appease William. It is a classic case of a future King believing that he has a rival. Even now the Cambridge’s can’t get the headlines, and the Cambridge’s silence on BLM is deafening, and their treatment of mixed race Meghan must be haunting them.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt they care in the least about how they mistreated Meghan. They probably thought they treated her just fine, but gosh Meghan wasn’t willing to be Kate’s scapegoat.

  5. VS says:

    Meghan comment on complacency is spot on: indeed, those people who see racism and say nothing are complicit
    Amazing conversation; this woman is amazing! she also mentioned her own experience, I am happy she did because this discussion cannot happen if she cannot reference her experience with the gaslighting that she saw in the UK

  6. Faye says:

    I think Harry and Meghan are still working with the trust because they like working with that organization and the people it helps.

  7. ziaaa says:

    I love the the comfort, camaraderie, and synchronicity between this couple. Harry is so effing affable and thoughtful and Meghan is so intelligent and well-spoken. I love how they are both razor focussed on getting legal justice for the various wrongs done to them but also selfless in their need to bring change around them and also be part of that change. They clearly do bring out the best in each other.

    @Kaiser actually the QCT comes with a disclaimer that any views promulgated through the QCT are not endorsed by the Royal family so I don’t think petty Betty wants to show even a slight smidgen of her non-existent anti-racist side.

    Waiting for the BM, royals and their stans to be in a tizzy and go on a pitch-forkin’ rampage!

    • Ginger says:

      I agree Ziaaa. That disclaimer was interesting. It means the RF can’t piggy back on the Sussex’s and say that the Queen cares about Black Lives Matter. We all know she doesn’t.

  8. Tanguerita says:

    This woman is so ridiculously well qualified, well spoken, comfortable on camera (duh) and you can really see her connect to people she talks to. I’d be glad to see them cut the connection to this family completely. Petty Liz shouldn’t be able to use them as an asset, a smoke screen for the Crown’s inability to change.

  9. Harla says:

    If I was feeling petty and snarky, which I frequently do, I would also suggest that H&M leave the Commonwealth Trust but H&M don’t seem to be petty or snarky but instead I believe are more focused on being of service and helping others. I really don’t think they care if this pisses off the Queen or makes her look good, they’re doing what they feel is right and what feeds their souls regardless of any affect on the royal firm or it’s members.

  10. Mtec says:

    I wish they had done this on their own, and have no connection to the BRF anymore. Like it’s been said, they’re being used as props right now, when that very institution failed to protect them. It’s too bad. The British monarchy needs them more than they need it.

  11. (TheOG) jan90067 says:

    🎵Two of these things are NOT like the others…🎶.

    The comparisons are so beyond jarring: Substance vs. forced fluff. Real “voice” vs. phony platitudes. Engagement vs. Checked out stares. Smiles that include their eyes vs. forced gaffaws/hyena laughs that are out of place, and barred teeth grimace.

    The monarchy really did shoot itself and is on life-support right now. By throwing full support behind Pedo (who must be shitting the floor under Mummy’s housecoat), to the jealous, insecure Father/Son Heir duo…. there really is no real hope.

  12. S808 says:

    I would’ve absolutely stepped down from the position, especially if I were Meghan. Let the working royals figure out how to deal with the commonwealth themselves. They both look great and I’m glad SOMEONE is having the important conversations with the young POC in commonwealth countries.

  13. blue36 says:

    I think the QCT was actually Harry’s creation that he gifted to the queen (correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s what I remember some saying), so he won’t step down from that. Harry, however is no longer the commonwealth youth ambassador – which is associated with the RF.

  14. Sunday says:

    I don’t think Harry and Meghan are being used as props by the palace, I think they genuinely believe in the potential of the QCT and want to do their duty to the commonwealth. The palace isn’t telling them to schedule these calls, Harry and Meghan have taken the initiative themselves. As we can see with the Keens, to the royals being president and vp of an organization doesn’t mean they actually have to do anything to support it, so I don’t think the palace actually dictates participation in any events that will have a REAL impact. They much prefer the pomp and circumstance of something like commonwealth day, to be followed by exactly zero actionable support to any discernible cause.

    Plus, think about it – to petty Betty, this entire video is a scandalous political endeavor that stands in direct conflict with royal history in general and her legacy in particular. If she or her courtiers have seen this video, they HATE it! So, you know, win-win: promote racial justice throughout the commonwealth AND piss off your racist royal relatives.

    • Nyro says:

      Yes, the royals and the men in grey suits a likely seething over this. That does indeed make me happy LOL.

    • Ginger says:

      I agree. I think this is something they genuinely believe in. I see them doing a lot of work with the commonwealth. Meghan even said it was something they talked about and connected with on their first date. If she didn’t want to do it, she would resign. They don’t seem to be doing this on behalf of the Queen but themselves.

  15. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Them staying in the QC may have been a trade off for other things. Something to keep in mind. And also keep in kind that Harry & Meghan WANT to do the work. That was never the issue.
    Also love what Meghan said about complacency is complicity. She was spot on.

  16. Nev says:

    Go on Duchess.

  17. Penguin says:

    The blatant hypocrisy of this genuinelly makes me cringe. No member of any European royal family has any right to comment on racism in the Commonwealth or other territories since they are the ones directly benefiting from that system. Even if these two “left” the British royal family, they are still direct beneficiaries of the same blood money their ancestors pillaged. The more I watch this charade, the more I think it was orchestrated between all of them in order to make themselves relevant and deflect attention from the far more problematic elements of the institution thereby guaranteeing their positions of power for more centuries to come.

    • Rani says:

      @penguin I don’t know that I agree with the second part of your comment, but your first part is spot on. None of these people should be commenting, have some shame (I’m okay with Meghan commenting though).
      People talk about how there is denial of racism in the UK, it’s brought up often on this site. So how can we really make progress on racial equality when we’re supposed to be okay with having a royal family, with their deeds and their history, are supposed to be okay with a majority of our politicians being from posh white backgrounds, and somehow reconcile this with the change that needs to happen? To me that’s not possible.

    • El says:

      I tried to post something similar, but don’t see my comment. Yeah, the “someone somewhere benefited from racism” coming from a Royal is not “owning” anything, it’s tone deaf. Not someone. You. Your entire family. For centuries. But no, let’s blow right past it, nothing to look at here, moving along.

    • El says:

      @Rani
      I exempt Meghan as well. She was a part of that family for a very short time, it appears they made her miserable for all of it, and she did walk away. In my book, her presence in these conversation IS an asset, but if I were Harry, I’d pop in to say hi if it’s necessary for ratings, and then bow out.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Prince Charles was in the Middle East talking about freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians at beginning of this year which are goals of BLM. It’s only ‘political’ when being advocated for certain groups though.

      I agree that talking about ‘racism is there because it benefits someone’ is tone deaf for a royal especially if you don’t point out you’ve directly benefited. But then would be accused of throwing the BRF under the bus. And I’ve always thought the BRF talking about equality is meh because of the premise of the institution.

      However, Charles has acknowledged atrocities of the slave trade when in Ghana 2 years ago& Belgium royals have recently acknowledged the painful legacy of colonisation& King Leopold’s atrocities and I think that’s important to do. I don’t think these institutions can be silent on these matters. People refusing to have conversations is why at least in Britain is why some people aren’t educated about institutional racism.

      • Rani says:

        @ABritguest, I see your point about institutions acknowledging things but it’s ludicrous for royals (not ex royals, but existing royals) to talk about privilege as if they have nothing to do with it. I’d rather have silence than this lip service.
        I think Meghan can speak about it, because she herself is a victim of institutional racism. Harry can just pass the mic and support his wife. It’s great he seems to be growing and evolving in his thought process but does he really need to take up space in the discussion of racial equality? I don’t get this admiration of Harry for speaking out. If he renounces his titles and speaks about how the Royal family can’t be separated from the history of colonialism empire and racism, that still reverberates in the lives of millions of black and brown people today, then that would be impressive.

    • S808 says:

      Uhhh, I don’t think Meghan willingly signed up for 4 years worth stress and abuse. Also, Meghan has every right to talk about this especially because of the racial abuse she had experienced and ended up fleeing the country because of. I do agree that no real progress can happen for the UK with the Royal Family intact though but the UK has miles to go before they get there. These conversations are still important to have regardless imo.

    • Sofia says:

      I agree that a racist institution like the monarchy doesn’t have a ground to talk about racism but if they are going to talk about it, I would rather hear from the half black duchess rather than a fully white duke. There are some conversations that Meghan can have and add too, that the rest of the white members can’t have.

      However, I strongly disagree with your last few sentences. @S808 explained it already so I won’t add to it.

    • Thirtynine says:

      I think despite Harry’s being a member or representative of major beneficiaries of an evil system, we have to allow him and others like him to be part of the discussion and part of the change. It won’t happen without significant action from all players. They are, as you all point out, the very ones who have ‘blood on their hands’, so to speak. We may be rightfully sore, and angry and resentful, but to move forward we have to take them with us on the journey. In Australia we have Reconciliation Week, as part of ongoing dialogue about what it means to have to go forward together when one part of society has inflicted atrocities on the other for centuries. There is no quick fix or easy answer which doesn’t involve pain, but everyone who is part of the problem needs t o be part of the discussion. Harry is responsible for his own sins, but I won’t hold him responsible for the evil of past generations. I do hold him responsible, like all of us, to act justly inthe world in which he lives, and it seems to me he’s trying to do that.

      • Rani says:

        @Thirtynine, of course agree with you on some level. White allies are very much needed and should be part of any change. But Harry isn’t just another white person trying to get it, he is a part of the British Royal family, a family that benefited and continues to benefit from racism, colonialism, and an unequal society on all levels. He is still a part of the RF and still benefits from the evils of colonialism and empire so how is he *not* responsible? I actually do appreciate his trying to evolve but in terms of what he is doing publicly and getting praised for it, I’m not really here for it.

    • Jaded says:

      It is imperative that SOMEONE from the BRF speaks to this in order to bring as much light as possible to their terrible history. Yes his ancestors were appalling racists and slave-owners but why should that mean he has to pay for their sins? It’s like punishing someone because their great-grandfather murdered someone. Harry, in marrying a bi-racial woman, has had to come face to face with the blatant racism from the BRF and media. He now has first-hand knowledge of how despicable these people are and has every right to speak to these matters as a privileged white person who is coming to terms with this issue through his wife’s eyes.

      • Rani says:

        @Jaded, of course he has the right to speak. I am just saying that I am not interested in what he is saying.
        What should a member of the BRF say? We are sorry this happened but we will be continuing to reap the benefits of the racism and slavery perpetrated by our ancestors? But we are all educated about it now so it’s okay? I am genuinely wondering how they can say anything about it without being hypocrites. It’s just irreconcilable to me. We already know that members of the RF get around this question by speaking of tradition and duty, whatever that means.

      • Ginger says:

        I agree Jaded. 100%

      • Penguin says:

        @Jaded he doesn’t have to pay for anything. And he doesn’t. His and his family’s entire fortune is based to pillaging people across the world and their own country. Just because he found a bi-racial woman attractive and decided to marry her, doesn’t erase who he is. This is the same argument racist make when they say, but I have black friends!

      • Jaded says:

        @Penguin – if you found out your great-great-great grandfather stole a fortune that eventually trickled down to you would you throw it away? Once again, Harry is not responsible for the sins of his forefathers and he and Meghan are using their money and influence for good, not bad. And he does have to pay for everything now that he has divorced his family. It is disingenuous to think that he’d give all his money back when it can be put to good use. It wasn’t his fault he was born into that family, and he’s doing the best he can with what he’s been given. Nor did he “just find a bi-racial woman attractive and decide to marry her”, this is trivializing his serious love for an amazing woman who adores him and has become his greatest asset. Nor is he pulling the racist “but I have black friends” nonsense. You appear to have a very large chip on your shoulder when we should all be opening our minds and hearts to work together on ending racism.

      • Penguin says:

        @Jaded I am sure you find Ivanka Trump complicit in her father’s corrupt and racist administration. Well the Prince’s complicitness goes back hundreds of years up to current day. Should he get a pass because he fell in love with a biracial woman?

      • Jaded says:

        @Penguin – you’re really reaching aren’t you. Comparing Ivanka and Donald Trump to Harry is utter nonsense. They are criminals, grifters and racists, plain and simple. Harry isn’t complicit in anything other than being born royal. He’s getting a pass because he’s done the right thing by eschewing the BRF for a number of wonderful causes including BLM, not simply because he fell in love with a bi-racial woman. Stop arguing with me, your points are pointless. Go back to Tumblr.

    • Thirtynine says:

      El, I am not sure exactly what you were meaning here, but yes, I do try to not hold people responsible for things that maybe their families or other members of their cultural groups did, but which they did not participate in or even agree with. Take them on their own merit, especially if they are trying to address in some way those wrongs. But as you and Rani rightly point out, Harry is in a unique position of being one of the major beneficiaries
      of an unequal system. I can see why some would find it offensive and hurtful. For myself, though, I agree he has benefited, but I also see him educating himself over time, making a public split with his family and their income, denying his child a title in perpetuation of that privilege, choosing to move to a more egalitarian society, publically speaking up against injustice and inequality and using whatever remaining influence he has to actively help bring about change. I do respect these actions.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Penguin, that is a common theme on tumblr. Not surprised to see a brand new name on here expounding on it.

    • PrincessK says:

      I do not agree. White privilege is not about money, it does not matter whether you are a rich prince or poor white boy, white privilege is about whiteness. Therefore rich and poor whites need to examine their consciences. Well done Harry, l am proud of you.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Are you busily online attacking Princess Angela of Liechtenstein and her husband?

      Countess Mary Von Habsburg of Austria and her husband?

      Countess Lei von Habsburg and her husband?

      Or just online attacking Harry and Meghan? Yep, I know the answer to that already.

  18. aquarius64 says:

    The Fail is already crying the BRF would disapprove of this. It only drives the point that the Cambridges are not fit to be sovereign and consort for a 21st century world. The Sussexes’ QCT Zoom meeting is picked up by CNN. Cambridge charity work stays in the UK press.

  19. eb says:

    Harry is so admirable. His growth, how he has matured, is wonderful. His stalwartness with his wife. He really is the example to people like him how to change and how to conduct one’s self. They are both doing the right thing. Letting their popularity light up the work of others and passing ideas along to the people who watch them.

    They way they are attacked, may ultimately add to their legend. They are on the right side of history. And how they rise up from the attacks against them, is also instructive. Whether they just remain inspirational or if they focus and campaign for specific legislation in each country, they are leading their lives as change agents.

  20. February-Pisces says:

    It’s great to see harry and Meghan together, they both look amazing. I’m glad they are speaking out about BLM. As for the others, it’s funny how there seems to be an infestation of former Tory MPs working at Keensington palace, (to my American friends the Tories is the equivalent to your Republican Party). I think these tories will very much take William and Kate even further towards the right wing. All William and Kate have now as a fanbase are racist right wingers and old ladies. Liberals and minorities hate them now after what they did to harry and Meghan. I’m sure they are aware of that fact. That’s why the Keenbridges remain silent on BLM, because they don’t want to upset their only supporters. I think William and Kate are done being ‘neutral’ and will subtly be used as props by their Tory staffers to push their political causes. William just the other day did a photo op drinking at a pub, as pubs and bars re-opened this weekend in the uk. He’s clearly doing Boris a favour, to get people out and start spending their money, regardless of their health.

  21. LynneE says:

    I hate the way they were treated by BRF but they never would have been permitted to get involved in something so political if they were still part of that s***show. They are now free to be a real force for change and put all that drive and passion to work for the causes they choose. Just look at them not even 6 months out …. how wasted would they be if they were stuck doing only what the palace considered appropriate??! (sidenote: love that they are both glowing and how eloquent is Meghan, she was born to do this!!!).

  22. RoyalBlue says:

    The duchess is shining and clearly in her element. i am encouraged by her persistence in pressing forward, letting her efforts speak for themselves and ignoring the gutter media. happy that Harry is an ally in this movement.

    • Ginger says:

      I am glad he is her ally too. He has seen first hand her treatment and all she had to deal with. You can tell how strongly he feels. You can tell they have had deep discussions on this.

      • Jaded says:

        EI – So by Harry’s accident of birth you are blaming him for generations of racist behaviour? Why are you banning him from taking part in a huge movement that should and will involve white people? That’s how we’re going to reconcile the races, not by saying “you can’t be part of this because you’re white and privileged and don’t know shit”. Your opinion is your opinion and I fully understand the opposition to his involvement but Harry has married a bi-racial woman and has every right to join her in this fight and willingly gave up his place in the BRF to do so. I don’t think people should be so intransigent as to disallow him the opportunity to join all the other voices singing the BLM song. Strength in numbers.

      • Gingerbee says:

        @Jaded 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽, You summed this up perfectly.

      • El says:

        I’ll refer you to what @Rani wrote to you above, I agree with her whole-heartedly. As long as the Royal Family is keeping their castles, etc., they will always sound like hypocrites. It’s essentially saying “yeah, all this immense privilege that goes WAY beyond the mere white privilege is ill-gained, but hey, I admit that, so I get to keep my castles and continue benefiting from it, and we get to talk about white privilege instead”.
        And I actually think that the fact that Harry waited to speak up against racism until he married a biracial woman (i.e. until it affected him on a personal, deeply emotional level) is a strike against him, not for him. I don’t have to get cancer to have empathy and to support Medicare for all, so that cancer patients at least don’t have to worry about debt. Why is it so hard for so many people to wrap their heads around injustices unless it affects them personally, I’ll never get, and while yes, we do need their voices, and better late than never, I’m gonna stay seated while others applaud them, if you don’t mind.

      • Ginger says:

        Thank you AGAIN Jaded lol Well put.

      • VS says:

        @El — I am a Meghan supporter and hence I extend it to H because he is married to her.

        We have to admit that some people are able to react to things because they are affected by them while others can just act when they see that something is wrong!

        Meghan should speak on this issue; I consider H as an ally; he will get the credit because of whom he is but Meghan is the one who is mostly hitting all the right points here

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yet another brand new name on here, El, with a common tumblr theme. How surprising (not).

  23. Anne Marie says:

    @ZIAA “Kaiser actually the QCT comes with a disclaimer that any views promulgated through the QCT are not endorsed by the Royal family so I don’t think petty Betty wants to show even a slight smidgen of her non-existent anti-racist side.”

    Thanks for mentioning this. QCT is an independent organisation that gets grants from government and commonwealth funds. I’m glad the Sussexs are continuing to honor their commitment to supporting commonwealth youths via this great organisation.
    @kaiser the fact that RF accounts dont share QCT posts is clue to how they dislike the Sussexs for this and are thankfully are not benefiting from it in any way

  24. paddingtonjr says:

    It is great to see how H&M continue with causes that are important to them and how they are able to engage in an articulate, thoughtful manner. The way they are positioned show how connected and supportive they are of each other. They both look healthy and are dressed appropriately for the panel: well-tailored button-downs, casual but professional. No giggling, no pulling faces, no false enthusiasm, just an intelligent conversation.

  25. Guest with Cat says:

    I don’t think Harry or Meghan are doing any of this for some odd concept of “social justice credits” so it’s a waste of energy to either hail or deride either of them for the contents of this video. They are hosting some incredible young people and using the QCT for what it is supposed to be, a platform for members of the Commonwealth countries. They said the bare minimum needed and let these representatives say some incredibly needed and insightful things.

    I don’t know what people on the Daily Mail say nowadays because I force myself to NOT look. But I know usually they claim Harry and especially Meghan are narcissistic and make everything about them. So it stood out to me that they said only what needed to be said to keep the discussion rolling and to support and reiterate the points their guests were making.

    What I took away from Meghan and Harry is that they are having a lot of self reflection on their own actions and attitudes and going through the continuing process of reckoning with their own biases and experiences and mistakes. Meghan is biracial so there may be aspects of racism she herself wasn’t aware of until recently. She likely has seen there are so many nuances she missed and privilege she has access to as someone who is half white.

    Harry has a LOT to reckon with and at some point he may very well do this publicly when the time is appropriate.

    But this was not the time. This was the time to give the forum over to these members of the QCT. H and M were being respectful and professional and appropriate in holding back on personal epiphanies. I wish more talk show hosts would learn a thing or two from them about letting your guests get a word in. Piers Morgan can’t do that if his life depended on it.

  26. MJM says:

    Kaiser, I appreciate you lifting up their work and talking about how it directly benefits the Crown. Harry and Meghan continue to rise above the undermining of the RF and media. Thanks for this.

  27. Dizzy says:

    Speaking as a citizen of 2 commonwealth countries, of which one is in Africa, we don’t really care about the British Royal Family. They should all retire and the Monarchy should be abolished.

  28. L says:

    Ok, maybe it’s becauseMeghan is a Northwestern alum, as am I, but she is so smart, polished and saavy, and Confident. In a way that Kate never has been. They’re worlds apart IMO and the BRF really is short-sighted not to see the value she brings.

  29. yinyang says:

    Conversation is very interesting, I would like to see more Americans involvement in the zoom conversations. Megan looks good, but I’m getting bored of the white shirt, I know she’s damned if she do damned if she dont BUT some colour please, (Meghan please look up Jennifer BRyan, she’s my favorite hollywood costume wardrobe designer, she’s worked on a lot of well known tv and movies, she’s very interesting, and African American, she’ll work magic on you and she’s a fan!)

  30. Suzy Webster says:

    You think this makes the crown look good?!?

  31. notasugarhere says:

    Did you see the Fail change out their headline? The first one was a ‘body language expert’ going on about how close Harry and Meghan are, supporting, incredibly in love. Fail deleted that one and put up a new article about how the exact same video shows they are miserable, Harry is trapped and vulnerable, etc.

    • yinyang says:

      Wow, these are paid journalist, that’s awful to write a headline to personally attack someone for the world to see. How do these people live with themselves??