Prince Harry and Meghan Markle open up on ‘the world Archie will inherit’ in first appearance from new home

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at a joint engagement, their first from their new home in Santa Barbara, to meet with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to discuss using digital as a force for good.

    The couple – who recently moved from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara – were on a Zoom call with four young activists who have all launched campaigns, organisations and charities largely helped by social media and digital activism.

    And Harry and Meghan took the opportunity to praise the QCT for their work, and what they’re doing for the upcoming generations – which inludes their one-year-old son, Archie.

    Harry said: “It takes courage to set up something like this or to stand up to hate, or to stand up to lies.

    “You all need to stamp those lies out, stamp those mistruths out, which can reach communities, and become incredibly confusing.

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    “We all know how good it is to be around positivity and optimsm. This is the world that you guys are going to inherit.”

    He then added he was saying “you guys,” as he feels “way too old” to include himself in the upcoming generations.

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    This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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    Meghan laughed and said, “Stop! We’re not old!”

    Harry laughed and repeated, “This is the world that you guys are going to inherit,” before Meghan added, “And Archie.”

    Harry agreed, and finished: “It’s on us now to make the world a better place, and we are.”

    This is the first time the couple have appeared together from their new home.

    Talking about their move, a spokesperson said, “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”