Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a statement about what is going on in the world on Tuesday, August 17, but some people didn't appreciate their message, as the couple encouraged others to donate to Haiti and Afghanistan, but they only mentioned American charities.
One person wrote, ''Imagine talking about 'international community' then only listing American organizations," while another added, "Because an American wrote it I am sure. We tend to think the world revolves around us."
A third person commented, "Interesting that they did not include any U.K. or international mental health services. The 3 organizations are all U.S. based and have a lot of resources that are only available to U.S. residences. I would have thought they would include @heads_together launched by William, Kate & Harry in 2016. Or @GiveUsAShout which the Cambridges & Sussexes launched together in May 2019. But I guess the Sussexes want to separate themselves from Royal Foundation Projects."
"That's the point, people need help. And the Sussexes followers come from all over the world. But the mental health resources they listed are all U.S. based and only provide services in the U.S.A.," they continued. "It's not accessible or helpful for people in other countries."
Shortly after Harry, 36 — who served in the British Army for 10 years — wrote a message of his own, the duo also wrote a note on their Archewell website. “The world is exceptionally fragile right now," the message began. "As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless. 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. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together," the note continued. "To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work. 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."
"As an international community, it is the decisions we make now — to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet — that will prove our humanity," the message concluded.
Royal biographer Angela Levin thought the statement "is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternative woke royal family."
"Like most of their 'compassionate' gestures there is no indication about what they themselves will do and whether any donations will be going through Archewell Foundation," she said. "Their comment that they want to 'alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet – that will prove our humanity,' sounds so similar to their recent comment we must be compassionate 'to those we know and those we don’t know' that makes it sound equally phony."