Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer part of the royal family, they don't have to run everything through the palace. Case in point: after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the couple could not stay silent.
"The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless," their note began on their Archewell website. "As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared."
"When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it," the pair continued. "It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together."
"To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work," they suggested. "We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit."
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams pointed out that the former actress, 40, and Harry, 36, are sending a message with their statement.
"The crisis in Afghanistan is one of the most serious the Western Alliance has faced," he told the Daily Express. "The monarchy is above party politics, any comment a working member of the royal family made would be at the instigation of the Government. In contrast, Harry and Meghan have no such constraints."
"Harry, who has served twice in Afghanistan, has spoken about the ties that bind the 'international Invictus community' many of whom have served in Afghanistan and appealed for veterans to offer support to each other at this difficult time," he added.