The Duke of Sussex has insisted it would take ‘every single person on the planet’ to defeat racism in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation.
Prince Harry, 35, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan Markle, 38, and their son Archie, one, having stepped back from royal duty in March, is set to speak about the topics in a new interview for the Colour of Change initiative.
In a clip released of the interview on Instagram, Prince Harry praised the younger generation for ‘acting, rather than just saying’.
Speaking with interviewer Rashad Robinson, the royal continued: ‘As we’ve discussed before, it is going to take every single one of us, this is not just down to the black community, it’s going to take every single person on the planet right now.’
His comments come after royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan, who have been ‘very busy’ focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on their charities, now plan to focus their energies on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Prince Harry, 35, has declared it will take ‘every single person on the planet’ to change racism and inequality in a new interview
The clip of the interview was shared over the weekend online, with the caption seemingly including a quote from Prince Harry: ”“Inequality is not unfortunate like a car accident, it has been manufactured”.
The caption continued: ‘Prince Harry and @iamrashadrobinson talked candidly about systemic racism, hate online and people with privilege, using their privilege for change.
‘Here’s a sneak peek at what happened. Stay tuned for the full convo #ComingSoon!’
In the clip, Rashard said: ‘Part of this work, part of this moment that we’re in, is that making sure from analysis to action that we drive action toward structural and systemic change. Changing the rules that have held people back.’
Prince Harry and Meghan have been shifting their focus to the Black Lives Matter movement after stepping back from royal duty in March
Harry added: ‘You say this so beautiful Rashard, and it’s so true.
‘There’s so much that has happened for so long and once those problems exist, charity is crucial in so many ways but it can’t fix the problem. The problems already exist, and are too big.
‘As I’ve said to you before, it’s like bringing a bucket of water to a forest fire.
He continued: ‘We have to go to the root of the problem, the source of the problem, and actually fix it there.’
Meanwhile he went on to praise the younger generation for ‘leading the movement’.
In the clip, the Duke of Sussex, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion having stepped back from royal duty, said charity ‘cannot fix the problem’
He said: ‘To be led by the younger generation and to act rather than just say, it’s like okay so you’ve said it and now you’ve got to follow through with it.’
It comes days after the royal wrote that social media was stoking a ‘crisis of hate,’ and urged companies to rethink their roles in advertising on digital platforms.
In an opinion piece for U.S. business magazine Fast Company headlined ‘Social media is dividing us. Together, we can redesign it,’ Harry said that social media, as it currently stands, is ‘unwell’.
The former senior royal said he and his wife, Meghan, have spent the past few weeks working with business leaders and marketing executives on the issue to try and introduce changes.
In the op-ed, seen above, Harry urged every social media platform to step up and take responsibility for creating new standards for hate speech, and to work more actively with consumers – not ad-buying corporations – to create a safe environment that isn’t cashing in on misinformation and hate
Harry said he and Meghan started their social media reform campaign at the same time as the launch of the Stop Hate for Profit movement in June.
That campaign was launched by a coalition of non-profits who urged companies to stop advertising on Facebook until the Mark Zuckerberg-owned firm more effectively tackled hate speech on its platform.
Enlisting the support of more than 1,000 companies, the Stop Hate For Profit campaign ‘sent a $7 billion message through withheld ad dollars,’ Harry wrote.
Weeks ago, the royal faced criticism after he appeared to take a swipe at the British Empire by saying the history of the Commonwealth ‘must be acknowledged’, even if it’s ‘uncomfortable’.
The Duke made the comment as he joined wife Meghan for a video call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust last month.
The Duke of Sussex was criticised by some last month after saying the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have ‘acknowledged the past’ as he joined wife Meghan for a video call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
As part of the discussion on ‘justice and equal rights’, Harry said the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have ‘acknowledged the past’ and are ‘trying to right their wrongs’, and also admitted to having his own ‘unconscious bias’.
Meanwhile Meghan said it is also a time of ‘reckoning’ when individuals should be putting their hands up to ‘own’ their past wrongdoings.
The intervention was criticised by Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who told MailOnline Prince Harry’s comments were ‘disappointing’ and would not ‘please’ the Queen.
It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Harry and Meghan as they shift the focus of their royal work towards racial equality and social justice.
It comes after royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: ‘The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we’re going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest.’