“We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships. Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right,” said Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex as she and her husband, Prince Harry dialed into the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust weekly video call, focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement which has seen a resurgence since the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US.

“There is no turning back now, everything is coming to a head,” added Harry, who is the president of the QCT.

Harry continued by saying that when one looks across the Commonwealth, “there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past”, reports the BBC.

“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 said.

On the call were Chrisann Jarrett, co-founder of We Belong, Alicia Wallace, director of Equality Bahamas; Mike Omoniyi, founder of The Common Sense Network, and Abdullahi Alim, who leads the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers.

Harry jokingly added that at the age of 35, he feels like he is “ageing” but that he felt optimistic when he spoke to young people.

“This change is needed and it’s coming,” he said, the BBC reports. “The optimism and the hope that we get is from listening and speaking to people like you, because there is no turning back now, everything is coming to a head.”

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