“It is the decisions we make now, to alleviate the suffering between those we know and those we may never meet, that will prove our humanity.” With this sentence ends the statement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have published this Tuesday on the page of their foundation, Archewell and in which they call for individual action and dialogue with the international community in search of solutions to the international situation for the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan and after the earthquake in Haiti, which has caused at least 1,400 deaths. Two events, before which Meghan Markle and Enrique of England claim to be “speechless” and with a “broken heart.” “We encourage you to join us in supporting various organizations doing critical work. We also urge those in positions of global influence to advance rapidly in the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral meetings such as the UN General Assembly and the G20 Leaders Summit. “
In addition to the two recent events, in the publication, issued this Tuesday, the dukes also refer to the international crisis derived from the covid-19 pandemic, “aggravated by new variants and constant misinformation.” A global panorama before which they believe that citizens can remain “scared” and feel “powerless”, but against which, they consider, they can “put our values into practice together”. And for this, they make available to those who want to help several ways to be able to do so through donations to organizations such as World Central Kitchen – led by chef José Andrés and which provides food in the areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti -, Women for Afghan Women – an NGO that helps Afghan women and children – and the Invictus Games Foundation – created for the recovery of wounded veterans in service. Prince Henry is precisely the patron of this last foundation whose games – a kind of Olympic competition – will be the main theme on which the first series of the Dukes’ production company, Archewell Productions, will be developed for Netflix.
Beyond encouraging fundraising for humanitarian aid, Markle and Prince Henry, who at the beginning of 2020 decided to leave the British royal house and live in the United States, also call for mental health care. To do this, they offer various forms of support in the hope that those who read their words will use them as they navigate “through what comes at this critical moment.” Among the tools for psychological care, they name the National Alliance of Mental Illness, the largest organization for mental health care in the United States. It is not the first time that both have shown awareness of this cause. At the beginning of 2021, in the notorious interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS, Markle herself confessed to having suffered them, even having suicidal thoughts because of the depression she suffered during the pregnancy of her first child, Archie. Later in May, the prince and Winfrey would delve into awareness of mental problems in the documentary series The me you can’t see, broadcast on Apple TV, and in which Enrique confessed to having panic attacks. Perhaps for all this they have not wanted to miss the opportunity to remember the purpose with which they say goodbye. “Take care of yourselves and let us continue to take care of each other.”