Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who signed a multi-million Netflix deal earlier this month, are quite vocal about the problems that digital landscapes pose. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their thoughts on online platforms’ divisiveness and the importance of having a kinder and more tolerant world during the recent Time 100 special event.
On the virtual broadcast, which aired Tuesday, September 22 on ABC, the pair also urged viewers to vote in the upcoming presidential election. It was the first time Harry and Meghan were seen without their royal titles and were simply addressed by name.
“We’re six weeks out from election day, and today is National Voter Registration Day,” Meghan said in the TIME 100 event talk. “Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”
Harry added that it’s really important to say no to hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.
“What we consume, what we are exposed to and what we engage with online has a real effect on all of us,” the 36-year-old explained.
Meghan insisted that it is important to see the world through a much broader lens and to change how users interact with each other on social media platforms.
“Good neighbors look out for each other, protect each other and keep each other safe. Good neighbors also ensure that we are informed with facts and not fiction about our communities and the issues that affect us,” stated the 39-year-old former Suits actress.
Meghan and Harry have been quite critical of how social media plays a role in society and even have an ongoing legal battle against the British tabloids, alleging intrusion in their personal lives and privacy. Harry said that he and Meghan are committed to change the digital landscapes — not just as public figures, but also as global citizens.
“Once you see that many of the world’s greatest issues are being inflamed by the online space, you realize you need to do something,” Harry clarified. “Tonight reminds us of how important it is to watch out for each other, to care for each other and to inspire each other.”
The two shared their thoughts from their new Santa Barbara home, where they moved this year.
This was the first time that TIME magazine had a primetime event for the induction of honoraries. This year’s list included The Weeknd, Michael B. Jordan, Billy Porter, Selena Gomez, Megan Thee Stallion, J Baldvin and Jennifer Hudson. A complete list of the inductees can be found here.
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