Prince Harry interviewed conservationist Jane Goodall for the British Vogue issue his wife Meghan Markle guest-edited. The Telegraph published highlights of that interview today, featuring an introduction Harry wrote where he talked candidly about how racism can become unconsciously engrained in people (an interesting topic for him to discuss given the British press's relentless attacking of Meghan, the royal family's first biracial member). He also discussed why he and Meghan plan to only have one more baby at most.
Harry described racism as an "unconscious bias" for some. “Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say ‘what you’ve just said, or the way you’ve behaved, is racist’—they’ll turn around and say, ‘I’m not a racist,'" he said. “‘I’m not saying you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view—unconscious point of view—where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.' And that is the point at which people start to have to understand.”
The topic of his and Meghan's family plans came up when he spoke about climate change. “What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now. We are already living in it," Harry said. "We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.”
Dr. Goodall replied, “Happening and happened. It is terrifying. Especially as you’ve just had a baby.”
“I know,” Harry replied with a laugh. “It does make it different. I think, weirdly because of the people that I’ve met and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to go, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question. But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…”
“Not too many!” Dr. Goodall cut in.
“Two, maximum!” Harry said. “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”
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