The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a session of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Wednesday asked the United Kingdom to reckon with its colonial past and make up for it now.
“When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past. So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do,” Prince Harry said.
“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what: Everybody benefits,” he added.
The Commonwealth is made up of 54 nations, almost all of which were previously ruled by the British empire. Britain’s colonization of countries has been reassessed in the wake of recent colorism and racism protests.
Protesters around UK have demanded that statues honoring imperialists and slave traders be removed.
Both royals praised the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. “For the first time ever, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement … this is the moment when people are starting to be listened to.”