Prince Harry Admits He Was Not Aware of So Many of the ‘Problems Within the UK’

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recently sat down for an interview ahead of Black History Month in the UK. During the discussion, the couple called for an end to end “structural racism.” Prince Harry also revealed that his wife opened his eyes to a lot of the “problems within the UK” and around the world.

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Meghan Markle advocates for peaceful protest, calls it a ‘beautiful thing’

Harry and Meghan spoke with London’s Evening Standard via video chat. The duchess spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement and meeting one of its founders, Alicia Garza. According to the New York Post, Meghan conceded that BLM has been “inflammatory” and “disruptive.” However, she insisted it came from the place of “recognizing equality.”

“The impetus is really about reminding people of your worth,” Meghan said of BLM. “When there is just peaceful protest and when there is the intention of just wanting community and just wanting the recognition of equality, then that is a beautiful thing.”

Meghan acknowledged that the Black Lives Matter movement has been “challenging for a lot of people.” She said “this reckoning of historical significance” that has allowed people to get where they are can be uncomfortable. The Duchess of Sussex added that she and Harry recognize this, and it’s uncomfortable for them, too.

Meghan believes that if the focus stays on the uplift and positivity while still acknowledging the path, that’s when we “reshape things.” After Meghan said her piece, Harry noted it was “perfectly said.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal what life’s been like during lockdown

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also discussed their 17-month-old son, Archie Harrison, during the interview. Meghan described her son as “so good,” and she noted that they are “very lucky” with their little one.

“He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky,” she said.

As for life during the lockdown, Harry and Meghan suggested that it would have been the same if they were still in the UK. Harry said that everything has been through video and “in a room, somewhere.”

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“So it doesn’t matter where in the world we have been, we have stayed in touch with and supported the organizations as much as humanly possible,” Harry said.

Meghan added that they were doing the best they can. And they hope that their passion and commitment is still felt because it “certainly hasn’t wavered.”

Prince Harry also revealed that he called the leader of a dance troupe that performed on Britain’s Got Talent. The group received a large number of complaints after performing a routine that reflected on George Floyd’s death. Harry called the performance “amazing,” and said the complaints are proof the conversation needs to continue.

Prince Harry had an “awakening” about racial justice

According to Express, Prince Harry admitted during the interview that he had an “awakening” to racial justice. He said he was ignorant about what life was like for non-white people in a world “created by white people for white people.”

Harry confessed that he wasn’t aware of all of the issues and “so many of the problems within the UK,” as well as globally. He said he thought he knew, but he didn’t. Harry said that his wife played an important part in waking him up.

He cited an example of going into a store with your children, and only seeing white dolls. Harry wondered if anyone thought, “That’s weird, there is not a black doll there.”

“And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin,” the duke said.

Harry explained that he wasn’t blaming anyone for their lack of knowledge, and it isn’t about pointing the finger.

“I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning,” Prince Harry said. “And about how we can make it better.