The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may be settling into their new California lives, having recently put down roots in coastal Santa Barbara, but they're still keeping up with their responsibilities across the pond. On Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined a video call with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT)—an organization the Duke and Duchess remain president and vice president of, respectively—to discuss how social media can be used to create positive change.
Joining the royal couple were Brighton Kaoma, the founder of Zambia's Agents of Change Foundation; Hunter Johnson, the founder of Australia's Man Cave; Rosie Thomas, the co-founder of Australia's Project Rockit; and, Vee Kativhu, a YouTube star and the founder of "Empowered by Vee." QCT's chief executive, Nicola Brentnall, chaired the talk. (Watch the recorded call for yourself above.)
The discussion shed light on Harry and Meghan's personal views of social media, something they both have experience with. When they were working royals, the couple was known for utilizing Instagram as a way to speak directly to their fans—and according to the new book Finding Freedom, Meghan even drafted her own captions for the since-retired @SussexRoyal account, finding the experience "liberating."
In the QCT talk, the Duchess underscored the importance of staying above the noise when utilizing online platforms, saying individual users refraining from further boosting negative posts was "key piece of the puzzle." She later added, "When you look at what these platforms are capable of with that reach, and what that propels in terms of trolling... You can either train people to be cruel, or you can train people to be kind. It’s really that simple."
For his part, Harry was excited by the prospect of young people using their voices on these platforms, as a cornerstone of the QCT's mission is to empower youth. Referencing the Queen's interest in using the Commonwealth and its young people as a force for change, the Prince said, "I think everything my grandmother wanted to achieve when she took this huge responsibility on, she’s managed." At the end of the call, he added, "It’s on all of us collectively to make the world a better place—and we are."
You Might Also Like