Prince Harry talks about his and Meghan Markle’s new job like promoting a healthy and safe environment in the digital space.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle worked for the royal family when they got married. But earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to step back from their royal duties and work to be financially independent. During the TIME100 Talks, Prince Harry opened up about their new job.
Prince Harry talks about his new job
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined TIME100 Talks where Prince Harry gave his fans a glimpse of what keeps them busy after their royal exit.
The Sussexes led a 90-minute discussion with journalists, content creators, experts and tech giants in a panel discussing “Engineering a Better World.” During the conversation, Prince Harry revealed that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, are advocating for a safe environment online.
“What our job is, especially throughout these conversations, is to get people to the experts and for them to explain how what is happening in the online space is affecting the world,” Prince Harry said while talking to Time magazine editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal.
“It is not restricted to certain platforms or certain social media conversations or groups. This is a global crisis, a global crisis of hate, of global misinformation and a global health crisis.”
Prince William’s brother admitted that they are not experts when it comes to this issue. He added that they were able to convene the experts to make the people more aware of this problem.
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Meghan speaks about the same concern
In a previous conversation, Meghan Markle also supports the need for a safer environment online. The duchess said at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit in September that there is a need for a safe community online.
“Part of our focus with the Archewell Foundation is to just ensure that we are helping foster healthy positive communities – online and off – for our collective wellbeing,” Markle said.
Both Prince Harry and Markle agreed that an unhealthy online space can affect one offline. It isn’t just a tech problem because it can affect one’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
“The good outweighs the bad, but my goodness the bad can be so loud,” Markle said.
“This is a human problem. And what’s happening to all of us online is affecting us deeply offline,” she added.
In a previous interview, Markle said that she chose not to have a social media account for her well-being.
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