NEWS & ANALYSIS

Harry and Meghan Issue ‘Fluffy’ Statement on Afghanistan


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle issued a statement on the tragic events taking place in Afghanistan, which some view as an attempt to form a “woke royal family.” 

Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin, a royal expert, blasted the couple’s statement in an interview, per the Daily Mail. 

“I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about the situation in Afghanistan, the disaster in Haiti and the new Covid variants is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family,” she said. “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.” 

“Their comments 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 comments that we must be compassionate ‘to those we know and those we don’t know’ that makes it sound equally phony,” she added. 

The statement, released via their Archewell Foundation website, calls on followers to support organizations, but failed to say whether they would be personally donating or helping in any way. 

“The world is exceptionally fragile right now,” the statement begins. “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,” it continues. “And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.” 

The statement goes on: 

“When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us do 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. 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.” 

A second section from “The Archewell team” adds: 

“Like many of you, we are closely watching the crises happening across the world right now, and we are heartbroken. Archewell is committed to putting our values into action, and we hope to do what we can to meet the moment by offering support to the military community and the troops who served in Afghanistan, as well as to the Afghan people facing violence and terror. We are also supporting the emergency response in Haiti with our partner World Central Kitchen, which is working with local organizations that are helping with recovery efforts to save lives and preserve the health of those on the ground. Finally, against this backdrop, we are acutely aware that the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant has jeopardized the health and safety of families around the world. We are working to support vaccine equity through our commitment to combating the spread of misinformation, as well as our ongoing partnerships with Vax Live and Global Citizen. We recognize that many of you may feel helpless right now as you watch the state of the world spin rapidly. It can feel disorienting and defeating, but we have faith in the power of shared purpose, action, and commitment to our collective well-being.” 

It includes a list of charities to help those affected in Afghanistan and Haiti, as well as “resources for your own mental health, which we hope you’ll use as you navigate whatever comes up for you during this critical time.”