The Sussexes will speak to Malala Yousafzai on International Day of the Girl

Britain's Prince Harry (L) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (R) visit Nechells Wellbeing Centre to join Coach Core apprentices taking part in a training masterclass in Birmingham, central England on March 8, 2018.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Birmingham to learn more about the work of two projects which support young people from the local community. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to train young people aged 16 - 24 with limited opportunities to become sports coaches and mentors within their communities.

Most of the royal commentators would have you believe that Prince Harry was always the court jester, never anyone serious or thoughtful or even “woke” before he met Meghan. Their narrative is that “Meghan changed Harry,” that she *made* him turn from a happy-go-lucky drunk third wheel to someone who suddenly felt compelled to breathe the word “racism.” What I end up thinking about a lot was how Harry seemed to me in those immediate pre-Meghan years, I’d say 2013 to 2016 (when he met Meghan). He was a man on a journey to figure out what he really believed and what kind of work he actually wanted to do. He was building the Invictus Games. He was carving out the issue of mental health for himself, especially with veterans’ mental health. He was doing solo international tours and talking about feminism in countries where most girls don’t have access to schools. But sure, Meghan changed him. Anyway, I thought of all that when I saw this:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are joining forces with Malala Yousafzai to discuss a subject close to their hearts: the importance of women’s education.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who relocated to California with their 1-year-old son Archie earlier this year, will take part in a live video chat with the 23-year-old Pakistani activist to mark International Day of the Girl on Sunday. The conversation, which will be streamed through YouTube and the Malala Fund’s social media channels, will see the trio “discuss the barriers preventing 130 million girls from going to school and why it’s essential that we champion every girl’s right to learn.”

Malala began speaking out about women’s right to an education as a young girl — and was the victim of a gunman’s assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism when she was just 15. She recovered and continued to advocate for female education. Malala went on to become a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate at 17, and later operate the Malala Fund, which she founded alongside her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.

Prince Harry and Malala have actually crossed paths before. Both participated in the 2014 youth empowerment event We Day in London — and had a slightly awkward encounter backstage. Co-founder of the event Craig Kielburger told HELLO! magazine, “Prince Harry put his arm around Malala for a photo and very loudly in the corner Malala’s mother in Urdu shouts, ‘No, no no,’ which translated to ‘Not unless you marry her can you touch her.’ The Prince was so red in his face at that moment and he was clasping his hands in the front, Malala was so embarrassed.”

[From People]

This honestly sounds like more of a Meghan thing, but I love that Harry was like “NO I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO MALALA.” Everybody wants to talk to Malala. Malala is amazing and she’s already gotten to meet the charming ginger prince before, so maybe she wanted to talk to him again. (Also I totally forgot that she won the Nobel Prize, damn! Malala is so cool.)

If you want to watch the live event on October 11, you can see it on YouTube. It starts at 4 pm EST.

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  1. Nev says:


  2. Noodle says:

    I’ve never heard the story about PH putting his arm around her then getting told by her mom, before. I love them both, and this story, and Harry’s reaction, makes me love him more. It’s a bit funny that no one is supposed to touch the royals at all, but then you have Harry who is normal and puts his arm around people for pictures.

    (That last sentence reminded me of PWT’s “I have put my arm around my brother our whole lives….” comment, and the juxtaposition of Harry’s inherent warmth and compassion, with PWT’s rage and fake-concern, is really telling. PWT is putting his arm around no one.)

    • Sarah says:

      Except for Rose Who.

      Although having said that, he doesn’t strike me as a person who genuinely cares for anyone except himself so even she probably doesn’t get the arm around her in the physical or emotional sense of the phrase.

  3. Züri says:

    This is awesome and is such a great fit for the message they want to send and work they want to do.

  4. mar says:

    Harry is his mom’s son for sure!!!!!

  5. Sofia says:

    Looking forward to it!

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Me too. Malala also did an interview with Michelle Obama about how the pandemic has affected women’s education. I’m pretty sure it’s with Teen Vogue.

  6. Rita says:

    Harry and Meghan are networking with feminists, powerful, influential women and activists so when they launch Archwell plus Netflix animated inspiring women series they will have a body of supporters to help promote these ventures can you imagine if they put out the inspiring women animation and Oprah, Ellen, Michelle, Gayle, Serena, priyanka, Amal, Beyonce, Malala, Gloria, Hillary, Kamala, Stacey, Jennifer, Victoria, jamelia, Jessica, Christy all give a shout out or show support their New Instagram account will surpass what they had before.

  7. Sarah says:

    Yeah, Harry was absolutely getting involved in all sorts of great events pre-Meghan, it just doesn’t fit with the official narrative as a) it makes William look lazy in comparison, and b) this show’s Harry’s true passion and care for others with is absolutely his own.

  8. Myra says:

    Harry has been on this journey for quite a while now and definitely before Meghan. Looking forward to hearing from Meghan and Malala on International Day of the Girl.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    Harry has spoken about girls education and female empowerment in the past and before Meghan came on the scene. So it’s not surprising to me that he would be involved in this.

  10. Tiffany says:

    The change in Harry is great and I think he went into therapy.

    And unbias opinion is always the best course of action. Friends and family are great to have but they will not always tell you what you need to hear.

  11. Nic919 says:

    FYI on Craig Kielburger and the WE charity… it was recently dismantled in Canada because of sketchiness about where the money goes. The finance Minister had his daughter work there and he resigned and since Trudeau’s mother and brother gave speeches for them and got paid there was a lot of talk of trying to get Trudeau to resign by the opposition. Trudeau’s wife did events for them but never got paid. She did get covid from the event in the Uk back in March.

    Lots of allegations of white saviourism surround this organization as well, which frankly has merit.

    • Jaded says:

      Sketchy as hell. Trudeau made a huge error in judgement. Both Trudeau and Morneau have apologized for not recusing themselves from the decision to award WE the contract but too little too late.

  12. Mariane says:

    Glad to read this. The sussexs are surrounding themselves with powerful inspirational people. I cant wait for this. Harry has been an advocate for girls education since befor he met Meghan. He even teamed up with UN program HeForShe for this. I’m glad to see the couple highlighting teen charities and advocates. They know that their base consists of diverse groups including young people

  13. BnLurkN4eva says:

    I will definitely watch this on Sunday when it airs.

    The BM just create their own narrative and stick to it like glue. It doesn’t matter to them that Harry was already doing these things, they are determined to blame Meghan for Harry supporting these things. Like Harry should be embarrassed he is using his platform to make a positive difference. When did it become acceptable for anything good to be derided. That these people who slag decency then turn around and claim to be Christians is beyond insane.