Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out about the Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan, saying they are "speechless" and "heartbroken." The wide-ranging statement also addresses the COVID-19 crisis and the humanitarian disaster in Haiti.
The lengthy statement was released via the couples Archewell Foundation website and the couple called upon their followers to support organizations, including the World Central Kitchen.
It added that they hope to "support to the military community and the troops who served in Afghanistan, as well as to the Afghan people facing violence and terror."
The Duke of Sussex, who spent ten years in the British Army and performed 2 frontline tours of Afghanistan, also released a personal statement via the Invictus Games Foundation to urge veterans to "reach out to each other and offer support".
However, the couple has been blasted on social media for the vague statement, with many noting how it doesn't mention how the couple will personally be helping in the crisis. Others called it "publicity-seeking word salad" and branded them irrelevant on the matter, as per The Daily Mail.
Despite twenty years of trying to oust the fundamental Islamist extremists, trillions of dollars, and international militaries committing thousands of soldiers, it seems like it was all for nothing as the Taliban have taken back full control of the landlocked country.
In just a few days, the Taliban managed to retake the country just as overseas forces were preparing to pull out remaining troops. In the last couple of days, the world has watched while people cling to planes trying to leave Kabul airport and members of the US Embassy were airlifted to safety.
Rumors surrounding their control include women being ousted from their jobs and sent home, those with university degrees having to burn their certificates, and all women now being forced to wear extreme clothing that hides their whole body as per The Guardian.
Harry and Meghan's statement read: "The world is exceptionally fragile right now. 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. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scarred."
"When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does 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."
A second section entitled the Archewell commitment added: "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."
It then adds 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."
Prince Harry did not offer any views on President Biden's decision to abandon the Afghans he fought alongside or the chaotic execution of the withdrawal that saw the Taliban re-take the country in days following twenty years of war.