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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just shared an inspirational message on prioritising mental health

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex want everyone to be kind to themselves first and foremost.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle believe in the power of the next generation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a rally today for WE Day, an event hosted by the WE charity founded in 1995 to empower young people. Since its launch more than 20 years ago, the charity has raised some $45 million (£34 million) towards raising up children and teens.

This is a cause close to Prince Harry and Meghan’s hearts. Harry was recently appointed the Commonwealth’s youth ambassador, and as such travels the world to inspire young people. His speech at today’s WE Day was no different. Looking out upon 12,000 teenagers, Prince Harry shared what he called a “to-do” list for the next generation.

“Be kind to each other,” he said. “Be kind to yourselves. Have less screen time and more face-to-face time. Exceed expectations… Keep empathy alive. Ask your friends how they are doing and listen to the answer. Be honest. Take risks. Change your thoughts and change the world, and dare to be the greatest generation of all time.”

It was a powerful message to young people to prioritise their mental health. Prince Harry concluded his speech by pulling a Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born and bringing Meghan out onto the stage so that they two of them could reiterate their message of support. 

“I’m now going to drag my wife on stage,” Harry said, grinning, as he reached out a hand towards Meghan, who walked out to meet him.

As the couple stood arm in arm, Prince Harry added: “I am with you and we are with you.”

According to royal expert Roya Nikkhah, the fact that Prince Harry is so eager to include Meghan in his work is a sign that he is a staunch feminist.

Meghan and Harry have had a busy week

“The greatest evidence of his feminism now is how he supports Meghan,” Nikkhah told Express. “He seems for the time being, very happy to let her take centre stage, in the way that William often does on joint engagements with Kate.”

Supporting and standing by one another? That’s definitely a message we can get behind.

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