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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry invite royal fans into their home in new video

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Meghan and Harry allowed royal fans to take a peep inside their new home, rumoured to have cost them £11.1 million. Earlier this week, Meghan and Harry joined a group of young leaders working on digital communities and positive behaviours. 

The discussion was chaired by the chief executive of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), Nicola Brentnall.

Their conversation took place via video link on August 17 but was shared online on the Trust’s YouTube channel earlier today.

As they discussed the digital world and how it can become a force for good, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were sitting next to each other in the corner of a room.

Behind them, on the right-hand side of the video, royal fans were shown a splendid stone fireplace. 

Right behind Prince Harry a plant, placed near a high and wide window, could also be seen.

Meghan and Harry moved into their new home in Montecito, Santa Barbara, in early July.

According to a source, this is the home they want to spend the next few years of their lives with their son Archie. 

The source said: “They have thought about this carefully and researched it well.

“This is the place where they plan to be happy, make good friends and bring up Archie, giving him the chance to play with other children his age.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the conversation as, respectively, the President and Vice President of the QCT. 

Participants in the conversation were also Brighton Kaoma, founder of Agents of Change Foundation in Zambia; Hunter Johnson, founder of The Man Cave in Australia; Rosie Thomas, co-founder of Project Rockit in Australia; and, Vee Kativhu, Study & Empowerment YouTuber and founder of ‘Empowered by Vee’.

This discussion fits in with Meghan and Harry’s latest interest in digital media and how to expunge hate messages and fake news from social media platforms.

Earlier this month, Prince Harry wrote a comment piece for website Fast Company, in which he stated social media are diving people and need to be redesigned.

Revealing him and Meghan have been holding discussions on this topic since February, when they visited Stanford University, the Duke urged investors to use the money they spend on advertisement online as a leverage.    

He said: “For companies that purchase online ads, it is one thing to unequivocally disavow hate and racism, white nationalism and anti-Semitism, dangerous misinformation, and a well-established online culture that promotes violence and bigotry.

“It is another thing for them to use their leverage, including through their advertising dollars, to demand change from the very places that give a safe haven and vehicle of propagation to hate and division.

“We’re hopeful to see this approach amongst industry leaders become reality.

“For one, the industry group GARM — the Global Alliance for Responsible Media — has committed to evaluating standards and definitions around online hate speech.”

In his article, Prince Harry accused social media companies of stoking and creating “the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth.”

This week’s conversation with the QCT follows another panel joined by Meghan and Harry in early July.

Then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about righting the wrongs of the past within the history of the Commonwealth. 

Speaking from the house of producer Tyler Perry in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests, Prince Harry said: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.

“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.

“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what, everybody benefits.”

Meghan added: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships.

“Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right.”  

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