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Harry and Meghan set goal to ‘build a better world’

Written by on 31 December 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they are working “to build a better world” in a message looking ahead to 2021.

In an open letter on the website for their non-profit organisation Archewell, Harry and Meghan pay tribute to mothers and encourage acts of compassion.

Set against images of the couple with their respective mothers – Harry on Princess Diana’s shoulders and Meghan cuddling with Doria Ragland – the couple’s “letter for 2021” says that “together, we can choose to put compassion in action”.

The letter’s release comes as Archewell announces partnerships with several tech and research-focused groups.

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The letter reads: “I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell.

“We believe in the best of humanity. Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness, From our mothers and strangers alike.

“In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion in action.

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“We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world. One act of compassion at a time.”

Archewell is described on the “about” page of the website as “an impact-driven non-profit created by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex“.

It goes on: “Our core purpose is to uplift and unite communities – local and global, online and offline – one act of compassion at a time.”

It lists partnerships with the Centre for Compassion and Altrusim Research at Stanford University, the Centre for Human Technology, the Loveland Foundation, the UCLA Centre for Critical Internet Inquiry and the World Central Kitchen.

The couple stepped down as senior royals in March 2020 and have since moved to the US.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland

In the meantime they have signed massive deals – thought to be worth more than GBP100 million – with Netflix and Spotify.

On Tuesday the couple’s first Spotify podcast was released, featuring their 19-month-old son Archie wishing listeners a Happy New Year.

A spokesman for the couple said: “Founded earlier this year by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archewell uplifts communities through non-profit partnerships and creative activations.

“It’s a place where compassion matters, communities gather, and storytelling is the engine.

“The website has been updated to reflect the work Archewell has undertaken throughout 2020 and to create a place for people and communities around the world to share their stories.”