Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are speaking out about the Taliban seizure of Afghanistan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a joint statement on their Archewell website to rally action to alleviate suffering and prove our humanity in the context of today’s global issues, including the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless, the joint statement read. When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not.
Sunday the militant group seized control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul Sunday in a swift and stunning rout. The militant group completed their sweep of the besieged nation as the Afghan government collapsed after two decades of U.S. efforts to reshape the region as part of its war on terror. Tuesday the Taliban declared an amnesty across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government — a change in regime from the last time the Taliban were in power, when women were largely confined to their homes.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan listed resources below their message of support including a link to the Women for Afghan Women organization, which is providing shelter and safety to women and children in the south Asian country.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan send a message of support amid the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The Duke of Sussex made an earlier joint statement on Twitter Monday alongside Invictus Games Foundation’s chair Lord Allen of Kensington and CEO Dominic Reid, encouraging the community of military vets to be there for each other.
What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community, many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, the statement read. We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.
Prince Harry sent a joint message alongside the Invictus Foundation to support the community amid the recent seizure of Afghanistan.
Prince Harry was deployed to Afghanistan twice during his time with the British Army. He founded the Invictus Games in 2013 as an international sports competition for wounded, injured and sick service members.
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The duke has been open about his time on tour in Afghanistan, speaking about the mental health challenges he and other soldiers faced during the deployment.
In 2017, Harry spoke with London emergency workers and discussed the shared experience of trauma they face.
I also believe if people in the green uniform aren’t coming forward and talking about (mental health), people driving blue-light vehicles, in general, aren’t talking about it, then the rest of us aren’t going to talk about it, Harry said to People.
Since then, Prince Harry started a job alongside BetterUp, Inc. as their chief impact officer focusing on mental health, employee coaching and fighting misinformation. He also launched an Apple TV+ series with Oprah Winfrey The Me You Can’t See to further the conversation of mental health and wellness.