Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are criticized for their statement about Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticized for speaking out about the ‘growing humanitarian disaster’ in Haiti and Afghanistan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have released a statement on their Archewell site about the crises that are currently taking place across the globe.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took to their Archewell site to share their thoughts on the ‘fragile’ world at the moment. They're joining countless people across the globe wondering how you can help Afghanistan, Haiti, and those devastated by Covid-19.

The statement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex read, “The world is exceptionally fragile right now.” The couple then listed the various issues that are currently affecting the world and specifically spoke about Afghanistan, Haiti, and the Pandemic. 

“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 scared,” read the statement from the royal couple.

The couple then encouraged their readers to work together and do what they can to help the people who are suffering. 

“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," they said.

“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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship

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Since releasing this statement, the couple has been criticized for a few reasons. 

Firstly, some fans are speculating that Prince Harry had very little to do with the message due to the American spellings throughout the piece. 

This is best highlighted by the spelling of 'organizations' in the text, which is spelled 'organisations' in the UK. The use of the word 'fall' is another Americanism as the word autumn is typically used in the UK to describe the season after summer. Similarly, the word 'realize' would be spelt 'realise' but an author from the UK.

One social media user said on Twitter, "If nothing else, the way ‘realise’ has been spelt shows this was certainly not written by Prince Harry."

Other readers have criticized the Prince and Duchess for only sharing charities that are based in the US. 

"Interesting that they did not include any UK or international mental health services. The 3 organizations are all US based and have a lot of resources that are only available to US residences," said a Twitter user.

Royal reporters have also criticized the sentiment of the statement from the couple. Angela Levin, a Prince Harry's biographer, told FEMAIL at the Daily Mail, "I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about the situation in Afghanistan, the disaster in Haiti and new Covid variants is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family."

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Prince Harry in Afghanistan in 2008

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However, many royal fans have also complimented the couple for speaking up about an important issue.

"This is just so brilliant. Harry and Meghan are true humanitarians. My god this is the couple they want us to hate!! Harry and Meghan are THE couple for this age!" said one fan.

Other fans highlighted the couple are well-informed to speak on this issue as Prince Harry served in Afghanistan while in the army and Duchess Meghan has spoken to women who have been directly affected by Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

"Meghan and Harry will forever be well informed and current Prince Harry as a war veteran who served in Afghanistan helping other soldiers and Meghan addressing and tackling women’s issues with Malala," said one social media user on Twitter.

Another said, "They are NOT ONLY commenting, They already helping with Archewell Foundation & WCKichen in Haiti. So they are asking for any to join them in helping Afgan women & Haitians. The ONLY decent Royals."

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