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Prince Harry and Meghan say countries including the UK must right the wrong

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have encouraged the UK to reckon with its colonial past, highlighting the “wrongs” of its historic involvement in the countries that now make up the commonwealth.

Speaking at a session of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Wednesday, Harry said people must “acknowledge the past,” even when doing so is uncomfortable.

“When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” he said. “So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”

“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,” the Prince added.

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 nations, almost all of which were previously ruled by Britain as part of its empire. Britain’s colonization of those countries has been reassessed in the wake of recent global anti-racism protests.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, also contributed to the session, which focused on how the Commonwealth can support young people.

“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,” she said.

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