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New Video from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Trip to Nigeria

May 17, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry embarked on a discreet charity visit during their recent journey to Nigeria. Save the Children U.K. disclosed on May 16 that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex engaged with the nonprofit’s team and two youth ambassadors in Abuja as part of their three-day tour last week. Photographer Misan Harriman, a global ambassador for Save the Children and a friend of the couple who captured their Nigerian trip, facilitated and chaired the event.

In the meeting, Prince Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, posed for photos alongside Save the Children staff, Harriman, and Youth Ambassadors Maryam and Purity. They delved into discussions about the charity’s ongoing endeavors in Nigeria, with Maryam, 23, and Purity, 19, sharing insights on addressing critical issues like child marriage, gender-based violence, access to education and healthcare, and the plight of displaced children.

Prince Harry expressed appreciation for the charity’s recognition of young people’s voices as crucial decision-makers. He emphasized the significance of advocacy, financial support, volunteering, and collective efforts toward positive change and a brighter future for Nigeria. Purity echoed the sentiment, underlining the vital role each individual plays in effecting change.

Save the Children statistics underscored the urgency of the situation in Nigeria, where one in ten children die before the age of five, three in ten girls marry before 18, and ten million children are out of school. The organization also highlighted Nigeria’s high rates of children who have never received routine vaccines. During their visit, Prince Harry and Meghan were briefed on Save the Children’s partnership with British pharmaceutical company GSK to address this issue through new immunization programs, funding for local organizations, and youth-led advocacy.

Connecting this initiative to the couple’s advocacy for global vaccine access, Save the Children U.K. CEO Gemma Sherrington expressed gratitude for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interest. She emphasized the pivotal role of Child Champions and Youth Ambassadors in advocating for children’s rights and commended their opportunity to engage with Prince Harry and Meghan.

This isn’t the first collaboration between the Sussexes and Save the Children. In 2020, Meghan participated in the organization’s #SaveWithStories campaign by reading the picture book Duck! Rabbit! for son Prince Archie’s first birthday. Additionally, in 2022, the Archewell Foundation, founded by Prince Harry and Meghan, contributed funds to Save the Children for humanitarian flood response efforts in Nigeria.

The visit to Nigeria marked Prince Harry and Meghan’s first international tour since stepping back from their royal roles in 2020. Throughout the whirlwind trip, they championed mental health initiatives for young people through the Archewell Foundation. They promoted Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, in which Nigeria participated for the first time last year. Meghan, in particular, spoke about feeling a personal connection to Nigeria after discovering her Nigerian heritage.

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