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Meghan Markle Discusses How the Pandemic Has Disproportionately Impacted Women of Color at Vax Live The Duchess of Sussex also talked about her unborn daughter in a video recorded for the event.

Meghan Markle Discusses How the Pandemic Has Disproportionately Impacted Women of Color at Vax Live
The Duchess of Sussex also talked about her unborn daughter in a video recorded for the event.

Meghan Markle wasn’t able to attend Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World in person, but she still made sure her voice was heard at the event.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex co-chaired the event, which was organized to raise awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage people to get vaccinated. While Prince Harry attended the event in-person, Meghan, who is currently very pregnant with the couple’s second child, was not able to join him. Her presence was still very much felt at Vax Live, however, as she recorded a video message for the occasion.

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Meghan wore a gorgeous red shirt dress with a pink poppy flower pattern in the video, which was filmed outdoors in a lovely garden. The duchess wore her hair down in loose curls, pull simply to one side and could be seen protectively cradling her stomach in some moments during the clip.

In her speech, the Meghan discussed the intersection of gender and the pandemic, specifically, how women—and especially women of color—will be disproportionately affected by the pandemic and its related shutdowns, saying:

“The past year has been defined by communities coming together tirelessly and heroically to tackle COVID-19. And we’ve gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter, but it’s going to take every one of us to find our way forward. As campaign chairs of VAX LIVE, my husband and I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety and success of everyone, and particularly women who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. With the surge in gender based violence, the increased responsibility of unpaid care work, and new obstacles that have reversed so much progress for women in the workplace, we’re at an inflection point for gender equity. Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly 5.5 million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million more women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty. But if we work together to bring vaccines to every country and continent, insist that vaccines are equitably distributed and fairly priced, and ensure that governments around the world are donating their additional vaccines to countries in need, then we can begin to fully rebuild. Not only to restore us to where we were before, but to go further and rapidly advance the conditions, opportunities, and mobilities for women everywhere.

My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward. Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up, and set all of us up, for a successful, equitable, compassionate tomorrow. Now tonight we’ve had a reminder of things we miss the most, be it live music or sporting events, or just physical contact with family and friends where we can sit together, laugh together, and hug one another. Whatever it is, it all circles back to the same thing: Connecting as a community. For most of us that means our local community. Our loved ones, our neighborhood. But let’s also think about our global community. Across the world, we’ve struggled together. Now we deserve to heal together. We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger. That as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you.”

Prince Harry Says His Biggest Regret Is Not Calling Out Racism Against Meghan Earlier In The Me You Can’t See, the Duke of Sussex opens up about the tabloids’ treatment of his wife.

Just days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first went public with their relationship, one MailOnline headline declared “Harry’s Girl Is (Almost) Straight Outta Compton.” While another, on The Daily Star, asked if Harry would “Marry Into Gangster Royalty?” Since then, Markle has been subjected to relentless and often overtly racist coverage by some British tabloids—which the couple told Oprah was a large part of their decision to step back as senior royals and leave the United Kingdom entirely.

While the Duke of Sussex reveals in the new Apple TV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See that he has “no regrets” about the couple’s move to California, he does feel remorse over the events that led up to it. “My biggest regret is not making more of a stance earlier on in my relationship with my wife and calling out the racism when I did,” he said in the fourth episode of the series that he co-produced with Oprah. “History was repeating itself. My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone that wasn’t white.” Like his mother, Princess Diana, Harry added that he and Meghan were often followed and harassed by the paparazzi, which resulted in well-documented invasions of their privacy and triggered painful memories. “It takes me back to what happened with my mum and what I experienced as a kid,” he said. “But it went to a whole new depth with not just traditional media, but also social media platforms as well.”

Even though Harry publicly condemned the tabloids’ treatment of his now wife, he received little support from the royal family: “Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect,” Harry recalled, which led to feelings of helplessness—an emotion that he described in a recent interview as his greatest Achilles heel.

Still, the couple spent the first few years of their relationship doing “everything we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role.” But in January 2019, the effects of severe media scrutiny became terrifyingly clear. Shortly before they were scheduled to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, Meghan revealed that she was having suicidal thoughts.

“I’m somewhat ashamed with the way that I dealt with it,” Harry admitted in the second episode of The Me You Can’t See. “Because of the system that we were in and the responsibilities and duties that we had, we had a quick cuddle and then we had to get changed…there wasn’t an option to say, ‘Tonight, we’re not going to go, because just imagine the stories that come from that.'” When the lights went down inside the music venue, Meghan, who was six months pregnant at the time, started weeping. “I’m feeling sorry for her, but I’m also really angry with myself that we’re stuck in this situation. I was ashamed that it got this bad,” he said. “I was ashamed to go to my family—because, to be honest with you, like a lot of other people my age can probably relate to, I know that I’m not going to get from my family what I need.”

The impetus to step back from the royal family then grew even stronger in the months following the birth of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. “I’d far rather be solely focused on [my son], rather than every time I look in his eyes, wondering whether my wife is going to end up like my mother and I’m going to have to look after him myself,” Harry said. “That was one of the biggest reasons to leave—feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself, which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma.”

In fact, he added: “Eventually when I made that decision, for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this.’ And I was like, ‘Well, how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this? Where she was going to end her life?’ It shouldn’t have to get to that.”

In July 2020, after spending several months in Canada and Los Angeles, Harry, Meghan, and Archie settled down in Santa Barbara, California. Since then, Harry says he no longer feels controlled by the media—though they’ve still been impacted by the British press. “Before the [Oprah] interview had aired, because of their headlines and that combined effort of the firm and the media to smear her, I was woken up in the middle of the night to [Meghan] crying in her pillow,” he said. “She [didn’t] want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much. That’s heartbreaking.”

Still, Harry ultimately believes they made the right move for their growing family. “We’ve got a beautiful little boy, who keeps us busy, keeps us running around, and he makes us laugh every day, which is great. We’ve got two dogs and then another little baby girl on the way. I never dreamt that,” he said. “I have no doubt that my mom would be incredibly proud of me. I’m living the life that she wanted to live for herself, living the life that she wanted us to be able to live.”

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Prince Harry And Robin Williams’ Son Open Up About Shared Experience Of Public Grief “It’s like… how are you grieving more for someone who was my parent and I’m unable to grieve myself?”

Prince Harry and Robin Williams’ son Zak have spoken of the difficulties of grieving a family member who was in the public eye.

The pair were speaking in “The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward,” which was released on Apple TV in the early hours of Friday and followed the docuseries by Oprah Winfrey and Harry.

Robin Williams, the four-time Oscar winning actor, died by suicide in 2014.

Zak said: “From my end it was really hard to separate initially the process of privately grieving versus sharing the grieving with the general public.

“I really didn’t get a chance to really focus on the private grieving process until a year and a half after my dad passed away.”

Harry, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, said: “I think we have a lot of shared experience when you talk about that … when you see so many people around the world grieving for someone they feel as though they knew them better than you did in a weird way because you’re unable to grieve yourself.

“It’s like … how are you grieving more for someone who was my parent and I’m unable to grieve myself?”

The 90-minute show had experts from “The Me You Can’t See” advisory board further discussing issues raised during the five-part series on mental health.

Earlier in the docuseries, Harry said he was “somewhat ashamed” of the way he dealt with Meghan sharing her suicidal thoughts before a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2019.

Harry picked up on a point raised by Jo Robinson, head of suicide prevention research at Orygen, about the importance of talking openly about suicide and self-harm.

Such communication helps give voice to something that’s “terribly distressing and terribly frightening for them to talk about,” she said.

The duke said: “I think it’s so interesting because so many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation (about suicide) because they don’t feel as though they have the right tools to be able to give the right advice but what you’re saying is you’re there.

“Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is, without a doubt, the best first step that you can take.”

Harry also told Oprah that he felt mental health and climate change were “two of the most pressing issues that we’re facing and, in many ways, they are linked.”

“The connecting line is about our collective well-being and when our collective well-being erodes, that affects our ability to be caretakers of ourselves, of our communities and of our planet ultimately,” the Duke of Sussex added.

“We have to create a more supportive culture for each other where challenges don’t have to live in the dark, where vulnerability is healthy and encouraged and, of course, where physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are one.”

Lady Gaga and Glenn Close also featured in the series, with Gaga discussing her serious mental health struggles after she was raped as a teenager.

Glenn returned for the conversation special and spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on her wellbeing.

She told Harry and Winfrey: “It has directly affected my mental health. It helped that I had a dog.

“I think – and I was thinking about this today – we have gone through an amazing, unprecedented time now. For me, I think it’s as big a shift in the world as 9/11 was.

“We now are in a transforming world. It will take us a while to be able to articulate to ourselves what the result of that has been on us as individuals.”


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