The royal couple also spoke about rejecting online negativity, misinformation, and hate speech.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made an appearance in ABC's TIME 100 special, sending a message to viewers from their delightful backyard in Montecito. And they pretty much nailed it with their message about voting.
"We're just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day," Meghan said, via E! Online. "Every four years, we are told the same thing, that 'This is the most important election of our lifetime.' But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard."
Meanwhile, Harry explained that he's "not going to be able to vote here in the U.S." and has not "been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life," but he made some accurate comments about the importance of rejecting hate speech and misinformation online.
"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity," he said, as Meghan added, "So as we work to re-imagine the world around us, let's challenge ourselves to build communities of compassion."
“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020
At the beginning of the video, the Duchess of Sussex also noted that, "Seeing our world through the lens of community is so important. Because we need to redraw the lines of how we engage with each other, both online and off. What we're exposed to online seeps into how we engage with each other offline. It can train us to be kind, or it can train us to be cruel."
Prince Harry added, "But when the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else's shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only reflect, but act."
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