During a speech at the UN General Assembly, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry hit out at the “rolling back of constitutional rights in the United States,” which he said was part of “a global assault on democracy and freedom.”
“We’re living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe. Climate change wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering most of all,” Prince Harry said, per National Review.
He continued, “The few weaponizing lies and disinformation at the expense of the many. And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cause of Mandela’s life.”
His keynote speech was commemorating Nelson Mandela day. Prince Harry has said that he has a picture on his wall of his mum, Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela, which was taken in March 1997. The photo was taken 5 months before Princess Diana’s death and Prince Harry said the photo is “in my heart every day.”
Prince Harry also reflected on the first time he visited Africa and he described how the continent has become “my lifeline, a place where I have found peace and healing time and time again.” He added, “It’s where I’ve felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found my soul mate in my wife.” Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle was in the front row as he delivered his speech.
He went onto speak about climate change and the need for immediate action, saying, “As we sit here today, our world is on fire, again. And these historic weather events are no longer historic. More and more, they are part of our daily lives, and this crisis will only grow worse, unless our leaders lead.”
He also pleaded for “daring, transformative decisions” to save the planet. “These decisions may invite resistance from powerful interests. But the right thing to do is not up for debate. And neither is the science. The only question is if we will be brave enough and wise enough to do what is necessary,” Prince Harry said, according to the Independent.
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