Meghan Markle releases 40×40 birthday message on Archewell
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The statement, shared via the website of the couple’s nonprofit charitable foundation Archewell, opens with the phrase “the world is exceptionally fragile right now” and addresses prevalent global issues including the COVID-19 crisis and the humanitarian disaster in Haiti.
In the heartfelt statement, Meghan and Harry also comment that the Taliban’s advance in Afghanistan has left them “speechless” and “heartbroken”.
Made via Archewell, whose tagline is “compassion in action”, it encourages readers to support organisations including the World Central Kitchen that can provide aid in the current circumstances in Haiti.
They also want to help combat the spread of misinformation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to campaign on fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, the statement has been referred to as a “vague publicity-seeking word salad” on social media, with criticism facing the Duke and Duchess as there is no reference to how the couple will be personally helping the crisis.
While the pair refer to feeling “powerless”, and state: “But we can put our values into action — together”, there is no reference to the action the Sussexes will be undertaking.
One user branded the statement, which references how the pair feel “scared” as the world pays witness to “the continuing global health crisis”, as “irrelevant”.
Another said: “’Is there nothing that those two won’t cling to, to try and find relevance?”
The statement which addresses the intention to “alleviate the suffering” of others has come under scrutiny by a royal expert which has branded the scheme as a “phoney” attempt to be “woke” and relevant.
Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin told The Daily Mail’s FEMAIL column: “I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about [these issues] is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family”.
She added: “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 comment 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 comment we must be compassionate ‘to those we know and those we don’t know’, that makes it sound equally phoney”.
While the address does ask readers to join the duo “in supporting a number of organisations doing critical work”, on social media fans are quick to criticise Harry and Meghan for not outlining personal contributions to the cause, yet who say that their charitable organisation “is committed to putting our values into action”.
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One user questioned the statement, making reference to the Duchess of Sussex’ 40×40 initiative by saying: “Although they do not mention how they will be helping… Perhaps they will give Afghans 40 minute mentoring sessions.”
After outlining suggestions of causes to support that can make a difference to “to our collective well-being”, the royals also shared links to mental health resources to support those who may be suffering during this critical time.
The piece ends with the sentiment: “Take care of yourselves, and let’s keep taking care of each other.”
Prince Harry, who served two frontline tours of Afghanistan and has spent 10 years in the British army, released a statement this week via the Invictus Games Foundation to urge fellow veterans to “reach out to each other and offer support”.
The statement came as reports state that Taliban troops entered the outskirts of the capital city of Kabul.
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