As a royal, Prince Harry was not allowed to position himself politically. As an independent Duke of Sussex, he can – and does it with a flaming speech before the United Nations.
The tightrope walk of royals, to express themselves as little politically as possible and still not appear out of date, was difficult for Prince Harry even when he was an active member of the royal family. Keeping his opinion about grievances behind the mountain was difficult for Prince William’s younger brother.
Prince Harry: Speech to the United Nations
Now, as an independent Duke, Prince Harry is free to express himself politically as often as he pleases. On the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day, the 37-year-old recently gave a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York.
And he took up several topics that are currently burdening mankind: Russia’s war against Ukraine, the repeal of Roe v. Wade in the US and the climate catastrophe. “We are witnessing a global attack on democracy and freedom,” said Prince Harry, appealing to the crowd.
“We can become apathetic, succumb to anger or give in to despair and surrender to the severity of what we are dealing with. Or we can do what Mandela did every day,” he said, meaning the fight against all these developments. “We can wear our principles as armor,” he said.
Declaration of love to Meghan
On the occasion of Mandela Day, he also mentioned the continent of Africa, which is of great importance to him. “A place where I found peace and healing,” he said, even after his mother’s death. “This is where I felt closest to my mother and sought comfort after she died,” revealed Duchess Meghan’s husband. Africa was the place “where I knew I had found a soul mate in my wife,” said Prince Harry, making a public declaration of love for Meghan.
Meghan and Harry had traveled to New York together and entered the UN building holding hands. During his speech, the ex-actress sat in the crowd and listened intently.