The Black Lives Matter movement has surged internationally following the death of Geiger Floyd in police custody on May 25. Meghan Markle has been outspoken on racial issues, where recently she made a speech to her old high school about equality.
Meghan and Prince Harry joined in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Wednesday to discuss equal rights.
The former Sussex royals discussed their different upbringings and their experiences with racism.
Meghan described how racism plays a background role in day to day life during the group video call: “It’s not even in the big moments, right? It’s in the quiet moments where racism and unconscious bias lies and … hides and thrives.
“And it’s those nuances that I think is what makes it confusing for a lot of people to understand the role that they play in that, either passively or actively.
“But I think even more so passively.”
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Meghan went on to attack people who dismiss racism, saying that ignoring race issues can lead to bigger problems.
She said to the Commonwealth Trust: “It’s not enough to just be a bystander and say, ‘Well, it wasn’t me.’
“And that’s what I think was very much manifested in what you’re feeling from people’s outpouring surrounding the murder of George Floyd.
“It wasn’t that this wasn’t always happening.
“It’s that it’s come to a head at a time when people just said, ‘Enough.’”
Harry went to say that systemic racism in the 54 Commonwealth nation has played a big role in Britains colonial past.
He continued: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust meeting is a part of an ongoing series of conversations between the trust and young leaders from its network.
Meghan and Harry rubbed shoulders with Chrisann Jarrett, trustee and co-founder and co-CEO of We Belong, Alicia Wallace, director of Equality Bahamas, Mike Omoniyi, founder and CEO of the Common Sense Network, and Abdullahi Alim, who leads the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers on the video call.
It is the latest in a series of statements from the former royals on racial equality: Prince Harry called out racism built into society in a video recorded for the 2020 Diana Awards.
In the video, he said: “Institutional racism has no place in our societies yet it is still endemic, unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you.”