Prince Harry on the important lesson he's learnt through being with Meghan Markle

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Since stepping away from their senior royal roles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been afforded a slightly greater level of freedom when it comes to the topics they're able to comment on publicly. In recent months they've spoken out about the upcoming election in the US (they subtly shaded Trump and The Duke of Sussex said he's still unable to vote) and The Duchess made a moving speech about Black Lives Matter.

Now, in a new interview with GQ, conducted by Patrick Hutchinson (a Black man who went viral after he was photographed carrying an injured white man away from crowds at a Black Lives Matter protest), Harry has spoken candidly about an important life lesson he learnt through his relationship with Meghan.

"You can't really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias – but once you realise, or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse," Harry told Patrick, when talks turned to the subject of racial inequality. "And unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day, or a week, in my wife's shoes."

He added, "Every day is a learning process. And it's not actually up for debate. . . This is what's happening."

Photo credit: Luke Dray - Getty Images
Photo credit: Luke Dray - Getty Images

Patrick shared his own experience of unconscious bias too, citing his time working in London in IT: "It became more difficult to work up in the City, taking the orders, not really doing as well as you should have done and there's no real reason why... the constant battles trying to get a pay rise and trying to be treated fairly and equally. And obviously, with all of that you start to fall out of love. The incentive wasn't there. Because things were difficult, working for these various investment banks."

Harry added, "I think one of the most dangerous things is people within positions of power, whether it's politics or whether it's the media, where if you're not aware of your own bias and you're not aware of the culture within your system, then how are we ever going to progress?"

He continued on to say, "How are we ever going to get to that point where there is more fairness? Because it's not a zero-sum game, right? Everyone benefits if the Black community gets treated the way they should be treated."

The Duke of Sussex also shared a little update on his son Archie, after Patrick wished his family well. "[Meghan and I are] working very hard and Archie is keeping us very busy, but he's making us laugh every day, which is great," he said, as the conversation drew to a close.

You can watch the full discussion here:

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