Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Encourage Young People to Make Steps Towards Social Change

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | John Phillips/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | John Phillips/Getty Images

Prince Harry presented to a group of young people and teachers for WE Day earlier this week. The purpose of the event, located in Wembley, North London, is to inspire the younger generation to make steps towards social change. The event featured a day of special performances as well as speeches from people like former One Direction member Liam Payne, model and activist Naomi Campbell, model Iskra Lawrence, singer Nicole Scherzinger, and WE co-founders Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger. All the students and teachers in attendance had all done something within their local communities that made a positive difference.  

Prince Harry’s connection to WE Day

This sort of gig is right up Prince Harry’s alleyway, as he’s the President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which acts as a platform for young change-makers to share ideas and spark inspiration.

“We find and fund young people whose bright ideas solve local problems in education, health, the environment and sport. We support those who have set up their own not-for-profit organisations, as well as those who are leading projects that help others,” reads the website.

Unsurprisingly, Harry is no stranger to WE Day. This is his second time participating in the event. The last time he participated, five years ago, he had a different guest accompanying him, though. At that time his former girlfriend Cressida Bonas supported Harry from the stands, according to People.

Prince Harry’s WE Day speech

“If we look at the world we’re living in, I know it can feel challenging sometimes — but your role is to shine the light. Every day you are inundated with an overexposure of advertising and mainstream media, social media and endless comparisons, distorting the truth, and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking. But you don’t let them sway you,” the prince told the crowd of 12,000.

He went on to encourage the young people in attendance to get out from behind their devices because real change often happens face-to-face within a community.  

“You don’t need to hide behind your device to share your voice. You confidently voice your opinions because you can embrace them proudly.”

He even shared one of his wife’s favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

As he began to wrap up his speech, he surprised the young people and teachers in attendance by pulling up his wife on stage. The crowd went wild.  

“Alright, now I’m going to try to drag my wife on stage!” he announced.

Markle gave a sweet wave to the audience as the uproarious applause continued.

The prince then wrapped up his time on stage: “Guys, I am with you and we are with you. Now get to work!”

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