Speaking at a Queen’s Commonwealth Trust meeting on Wednesday, Harry said people need to “recognize the past”, even when they do.
“When you look at the Commonwealth, there is no way we can move forward unless we recognize the past,” he said. “So many people have done so much incredible work to acknowledge the past and try to correct these mistakes, but I think we all recognize that a lot more needs to be done.”
“It will not be easy and in some cases it will not be comfortable, but it must be done, because guess what: Everyone benefits,” the prince added.
The Commonwealth consists of 54 nations, almost all of which had previously been ruled by Britain as part of its empire. Britain’s colonization of these countries was re-evaluated after the recent global protests against racism.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, also attended the meeting, which focused on how the Commonwealth can support young people.
“We have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because just to get through this hassle we get to the other side and find the place where a high tide raises all the ships,” he said. “Equality doesn’t put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right.”
Prince Harry discussed his own unconscious prejudice, saying: “We cannot deny or ignore the fact that we have all been trained to see the world differently. However, once you begin to realize that this prejudice is there, then you need to acknowledge it, you have to do the work to become more aware … so that you can defend something that is so wrong and should not be accepted. in our society today. “
“It’s not just the big moments, but the quiet moments where racism and unconscious prejudice are and thrive,” Meghan added. “It confuses many people to understand the role they play in it, both passively and actively.”
“We’re going to get there, and we have a lot of renewed faith and energy in having this conversation,” he told participants at the meeting.
Harry and Megan announced in early 2020 that they had left their roles as senior members of the royal family and have since spent most of their time in North America.