Nearly 3 weeks have passed since the horrifying riots at Capitol Hill on January 6th and, now, Prince Harry has finally expressed his stance on the matter. But, he's been met with mixed reactions...
Now, just because the beloved royal isn't in the public eye anymore...
That doesn't mean he isn't still keeping up to date with current affairs happening all over the world.
You'll all be aware of his controversial decision to step down from his role as a senior royal last year, right?
Along with his wife, Meghan Markle, Harry announced via their joint Instagram page that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the post read.
The couple explained how they planned to split their time between North America and the UK.
"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."
This was a huge deal.And, obviously, their decision shook things up. "We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and all relevant parties."
Twitter exploded with reactions to the news, and they were certainly mixed.
It’s perfectly ok for Harry & Meghan to step back from royal duties. Clearly they’re not happy. What’s not ok is c… https://t.co/m3dwC1ifSK— common sense (@common sense)1578554305.0
Apparently, the pair didn't tell anyone about the news, instead opting to break it through Instagram.
According to the BBC, no other senior members of the Royal Family were consulted - including the Queen - and Buckingham Palace is "disappointed." The report also claims that senior royals are said to be "hurt" by the controversial announcement.
But can they really blame Meghan and Harry for making this decision?The couple, especially Meghan, have received an unbelievable amount of negative press and comments over the years - which is enough to drive anyone mad.
The couple have since relocated to LA with their son, Archie.
Where they waited out the coronavirus pandemic in a secluded compound in Malibu.
And, thanks to the move, things have changed for the better."Meghan’s thrilled to have escaped the chaos of London. She feels like a new person," a source close to the pair said. "On top of not being hounded by the British press 24/7, Meghan reportedly likes that she doesn’t have to worry about following outdated royal protocol anymore."
She can now live a normal life.“Meghan can go out in yoga pants and not be criticized for not following a dress code. She feels more relaxed and loves walking around fresh-faced with barely any makeup on."
And to make things even better for the pair...
It was reported that Harry and Meghan bought a $14.65 million mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara... Making them neighbors with Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres.
But, just because they're leading a different lifestyle...
That doesn't mean that they haven't been keeping up to date with current affairs.
As you will all be aware, on January 6th, our country experienced the worst security breach since 9/11.
The world watched on in horror as hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in protest against the 2020 election result.
Of course, their actions have since been condemned by millions all across the globe...
Several high-profile figures included.
And now, nearly a month on from the attack, Prince Harry has spoken out.
In a recent interview with Fast Company, Harry has weighed in on the events of January 6th and expressed how he believes social media played a key role.
But he has been met with mixed reactions...
"We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded."
"There is no way to downplay this. There was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism."
He continued by referencing other examples of social media-generated violence:
"It is widely acknowledged that social media played a role in the genocide in Myanmar and was used as a vehicle to incite violence against the Rohingya people, which is a human rights issue. And in Brazil, social media provided a conduit for misinformation which ultimately brought destruction to the Amazon, which is an environmental and global health issue. In a way, taking a predominately hands-off approach to problems for so long is itself an exercise in power."
Harry believes that these online platforms have been "contributing to" and "stoking the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth."
"And I stand by that, along with millions of others who see and feel what this era has done at every level -- we are losing loved ones to conspiracy theories, losing a sense of self because of the barrage of mistruths, and at the largest scale, losing our democracies."
"The magnitude of this cannot be overstated."
"It takes courage to stand up, cite where things have gone wrong, and offer proposals and solutions. The need for that is greater than ever before. So I'm encouraged by and grateful for the groundswell of people who work -- or have worked -- inside these very platforms choosing to speak up against hate, violence, division, and confusion."
Nicely said, Harry!
You can read the rest of his interview here.
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