The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have praised the Queen in a virtual call with young leaders this week as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which focused on using digital platforms for good.
Despite stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan are still president and vice president of the charity. In the video call, Meghan, 39, said she was “incredibly proud” to be continuing Her Majesty’s legacy.
“From my stand point, being newer to the world of the Commonwealth, living in Canada for several years — it wasn’t until joining the family that I was able to meet so many young people throughout the Commonwealth that came with the question, but always offered a solution,” she said.
“And that’s what I think is so inspiring and why I’m incredibly proud to be able to work with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust… it’s the continuation of a legacy of your grandmother.”
Harry, 35, also praised his grandmother for her hard work, saying: “I think everything that my grandmother wanted to achieve when she took this huge responsibility on, she’s managed.”
He continued: “No one could have predicted how the world was going to change in such a short space of time, especially with the digital space. But hearing you guys, knowing the broad spectrum that the QCT engulfs, you guys are the definition of the 21st Century Commonwealth and what it means to be a part of it. You’re there standing for equality, for mutual respect, and for fairness.”
Their adoring comments come after the couple faced criticism for their last video call with the group, in which they appeared to take a swipe at the UK’s colonial history, calling for the Commonwealth to acknowledged the wrongs associated with its past.
Speaking during a video call with members of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust last month – which focused on responding to the Black Lives Matter movement – Harry said the entire Commonwealth needs to follow others who have already acknowledged the past and are trying to right their wrongs.
Harry’s comments triggered a backlash back home though, with British conservative MP Andrew Rosindell reportedly telling the Daily Mail that the comments were “disappointing” and would not “please” the Queen.
Harry and Meghan announced earlier this year that they were stepping down from their role as senior royals, and have since been spending most of their time in North America with their one-year-old son Archie.
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