The Duke of Sussex is speaking out on the need to create a resilient, AIDS-free generation. Harry gave a virtual address during the opening ceremony of the 23rd International AIDS conference on behalf of his Sentebale patronage. The address is aimed at encouraging thousands of people to share their stories and experiences of living with HIV and AIDS.
“This year’s theme is resilience, something all of us around the globe has understood, specifically over recent months,” began the duke.
“And for many, digging deep to find that resilience has been a challenging experience.”
“For those of you affected by HIV and AIDS, the examples of resilience within one’s self and within the community has been felt and fostered for decades.”
“At Sentebale, we see the resilience of young people every single day,” said Harry.
Sekgabo Seselamarumo, 24, and Rethabile Sereba, 22, were also introduced by the Duke of Sussex to share their personal stories.
These were stories of how they both overcame the social stigmas attached to HIV and AIDS.
“These young people are willing to speak out on its injustice, be role models to their peers, support HIV prevention, and challenge limiting systems in the hope of a more inclusive and accepting environment for all.”
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This video recording proceeds a recent call the Prince did with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, where he declared that we must acknowledge the Commonwealth’s “uncomfortable” past.
It was during a moment in which both he and Meghan spoke out about equality.
The duke appeared to reference the British Empire, adding: “There is no turning back now”.
These comments angered many commentators and politicians, one of which was Tory MP Andrew Rosindell.
He told MailOnline: “I understand that Harry and Meghan have taken a step out from being members of the Royal Family.”
“Therefore I’m surprised that he would be making comments like that. I don’t agree with what he is saying. We should look forward not back. As someone who has stepped out of the Royal Family, he should focus on his own life and not get involved in politics.”
“That is not the appropriate thing to do. I’m not sure his grandmother would be too pleased either.”
The reason for all the frustration is because at one time or another the Commonwealth was made up of countries who were once ruled by the British Empire by Prince Harry’s ancestors.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March, Harry was forced to leave his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
However, both Harry and Meghan retained their roles as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.