Meghan Markle heartbreak: Harry may not share Duchess’ ambition – ‘Not a political animal’

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Unlike Meghan, who appears determined to influence the political sphere, Harry is more interested in charities and good causes – especially those involving children. Royal author Penny Junor said it was already clear the Sussexes differed over how best to change the world for the better. 

The expert wrote in the Daily Mirror: “What she discovered in her brief spell as a working member, is the British Royal Family is no place for someone with political ambition.

“This centuries-old institution provides an unparalleled platform for charitable work – to change and improve people’s lives – but it is not the springboard for changing the world – however burning and evident the need.

“Both as a woman and as a woman of colour, she sees the need for change all around her and is clearly passionate about standing up and being counted.

“And I wish her well in that. 

“However, I don’t believe that Harry has the same ambition.

“He is not a political animal.”

Harry’s main focuses as a royal has been helping military veterans and children.

The Duke of Sussex created his two most successful projects to benefit these groups, the Invictus Games and Sentebale, a charity launched in Lesotho which has now branched out to other countries in central Africa.

Since their move to the US in late March, Prince Harry has spoken up about a series of issues he never touched upon before as a full-time working royal – including the election, social media and race equality.

As President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Duke, alongside Vice President Meghan, also began a conversation on the past of the Commonwealth and said it was time to “right its wrongs”.

Harry has also written an op-ed for Fast Company focused on social media, which he accused of stoking hate and lies.

The digital world is one of the key focuses of Archewell, the foundation yet to be launched by the Sussexes, as revealed by Meghan during a Fortune summit she attended.

In September, Harry joined Meghan in a video in which she called for US citizens to register to vote ahead of the upcoming election in November.

While the Duke of Sussex conceded he could not vote in the US and had never cast a ballot in his life due to his royal status, he entered the discussion regarding the US vote by urging people to combat misinformation online.  

He said: “When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realise it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes.

“Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially.

“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.

“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.” 

Meghan and Harry also marked together the beginning of Black History Month in the UK by sharing their list of NextGen Trailblazers – and call for the end of structural racism in the country.

The Duke confessed he was not aware of the challenges and bias people from BAME communities face on a daily basis in his country.

His “awakening” to the lack of opportunities they have when compared to white people, he said, came after he met his bi-racial wife.

He added: “Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn’t.”     

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