Prince Harry delivers a broad speech at the United Nations accompanied by Meghan Markle
Prince Harry dabbled in politics during a keynote address at the United Nations on Monday amid rumors that wife Meghan Markle is considering a career in politics.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived hand in hand at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where Harry celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day.
The prince called his wife is “soul mate”. But the couple gave no answer to a US reporter’s question about a new book which claims there was no love lost between the Queen and Meghan.
As he spoke about the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Harry warned of a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom’, reports The sun.
Her remarks on politics come as rumors continue to swirl that Meghan is aiming to one day become President of the United States as she repeatedly makes waves as a political activist.
She teamed up with Gloria Steinem to get the Equal Rights Amendment ratified and insisted she was ready to march in Washington DC against the Roe v Wade abortion ruling.
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Supporting his wife’s interest in politics, Harry today spoke about the dangers of climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘weaponization of lies and misinformation’, the war in Ukraine and the laws on abortion in the United States.
The Duke also spoke about his mother Diana, the Princess of Wales’ meeting with the former South African leader in March 1997, and how he “seeked solace” in Africa after her death.
He said: “It has been a painful year in a painful decade.
“We are living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities around the world; climate change wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering first; the few, weaponizing lies and misinformation at the expense of the many; and from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rollback of constitutional rights here in the United States.
“We are witnessing a global attack on democracy and freedom – the cause of Mandela’s life.”
Speaking about the problems in Africa, the Duke urged politicians around the world to ‘lead’ despite ‘resistance from powerful interests’.
Tribute to Diana
Speaking of Diana, Harry said: “On my wall, and in my heart every day, is an image of my mother and Mandela meeting in Cape Town in 1997.
“The photo was presented to me by the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose friendship and inspiration were their own treasured gift. My wife and I were honored to present our four-month-old son to him in 2019.
“When I first looked at the picture, what immediately jumped out at me was the joy on my mother’s face; playfulness, impertinence, even… the pure delight of being in communion with another soul so committed to the service of humanity.
“Then I looked at Mandela. Here is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, tasked with healing his country from the rubble of its past and transforming it for the future.
“A man who endured the worst of humanity – vicious racism and state-sponsored brutality. A man who had lost 27 years with his children and family he would never find.
Meghan is my “soulmate”
Harry said he had “always found hope” in Africa, a continent where he “found peace and healing”.
He added: “It was where I felt closest to my mother and sought comfort after her death, and where I knew I had found a kindred spirit in my wife. “
When Nelson Mandela’s death was announced in 2013, Prince Harry was hiking the South Pole as part of the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied challenge.
He tossed the South African flag in her honor and has since met Mandela’s widow Graça Machel – most recently in 2019 with Meghan while on tour in South Africa.
Subject out of bounds
Meghan and Harry’s appearance today comes just days after an explosive new book claimed the Queen told her most trusted staff she was relieved Meghan did not attend the Prince’s funeral Philip.
Author Tom Bower alleged that Her Majesty, 96, told her aides on the day of the funeral: “Thank God.”
He also wrote how some of Harry’s oldest friends clashed with Meghan Markle over his opinions – and concluded she had no sense of humor.
The claims were made in Tom Bower’s book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors.
The story appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.