Meghan Markle and Prince Harry followed in Diana’s footsteps with ‘unpopular’ path

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been repeatedly criticised for their actions since stepping down as working royals. The royal couple have sparked debate due to their tendency to speak out on social and environmental issues they deem important after insisting they were stepping down to have a quieter life. However, royal commentators Kate Thornton and Tessy Ojo have explored which former Royal Family member could have inspired the couple to take the “unpopular” path regarding charities and the way they conduct themselves.

The CEO of the Diana Award, Tessy Ojo argued Harry and Meghan may be emulating the late Princess Diana.

Ms Thornton added the royal couple may be following in Princess Diana’s footsteps and choosing to do things differently than other Royal Family members.

Ms Thornton said: “We saw it most recently with Prince Harry acknowledging it on a Zoom call with some of this year’s recipients.

“Harry talked about his mother, Princess Diana, often took the most awkward path, uncomfortable and arguably the most unpopular path.

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“Are we seeing shades of that in not only Harry and Meghan and the work that they are doing in their own charitable work but also in the way you acknowledge the work of the young people that work away with the Diana awards.”

Ms Ojo agreed and went into details about how the Diana awards have changed and what inspirations the charity takes from the royal. 

She said: “Absolutely, that is one of the things for us.

“It is about recognising young people but it is also pushing the boundaries of young people.

“Helping young people think about the social issues that they care about.

“If you care about an issue, we ask what are they going to do about it.

“We are not going to wait for Governments or big people to do something to make change happen.

“We believe, like Princess Diana believed, that young people have the power to change the world.”

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Ms Ojo closed by reflecting on how more young people are becoming vocal on issues that they care about, like Meghan and Harry.

She said: “We see young people today tackling huge issues.

“Tackling things around mental health, racial inequality and gender inequality.”

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