Meghan Markle has admitted it was ‘devastating’ to return to the United States and see the ‘state of affairs’ the country had found itself in.
The Duchess of Sussex said the ‘sadness’ she initially felt ‘shifted to a feeling of absolute inspiration’ when she witnessed Americans ‘own their role’ in peaceful protests after the death of George Floyd.
She confessed she is keen to use her voice ‘in a way I haven’t been able to of late’ at a virtual event organised by The 19th, a US non-profit, non-partisan newsroom.
Addressing viewers on camera, the mother-of-one said: ‘To come back and to just see the state of affairs, I think at the onset if I’m being honest it was just devastating.
‘It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment and if there’s any silver lining in that I would say that in the weeks that were happening after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role and acknowledging their role that they played, either actively or passively, in the discrimination of other people, specifically of the black community.
‘It shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration because I can see that the tide is turning.
‘It’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now, it’s something that I look forward to being a part of and using my voice in a way I haven’t been able to of late.’
It comes after new bodycam footage shows the tragic moment George Floyd pleaded with police before the unarmed father died with an officer’s knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25.
Millions called for justice and an end to systemic racism in mass protests across the world in June.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The other three officers involved, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
All four were fired and are scheduled for trial in March.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to California in March amid the coronavirus pandemic and recently splashed out on an £11 million mansion.
Prince Harry called on ‘every single person on the planet’ to help tackle racism in a virtual interview last week.
He said: ‘We have to go to the root of the problem, the source of the problem, and actually fix it there.
‘As we’ve discussed before, it is going to take every single one of us, this is not down to the black community, it’s going to take every single person on the planet right now.’
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