Britain’s Prince Harry (R) and his US fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend a memorial service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square in London, on April 23, 2018, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a joint statement about current devastating world events in Afghanistan, Haiti, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, saying they are left “speechless”, “heartbroken” and “scared,” and noting the world is “exceptionally fragile right now.”

The couple’s statement comes after Prince Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan, issued his own message to military veterans earlier this week. The Sussexes released their words through their charitable foundation, Archewell, encouraging everyday people to support organizations doing critical work, as well as using the moment to urge those in positions of power to “rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues” at events such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

“As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless. As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared,” the statement began. 

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – NOVEMBER 09: Prince Harry salutes as the Last Post is played as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As the UK combat mission in Afghanistan draws to an end in 2014 this year, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings will be the last time British service personal will gather in any great numbers in the south of the country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

“When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together,” it continued.

The couple noted Archewell is working with groups like World Central Kitchen, Vax Live, and Global Citizen to aid these crises, before ending the message with a note about shared humanity. “As an international community, it is the decisions we make now — to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet — that will prove our humanity.”

Underneath their signed statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex provided a list of ways they are pledging their support, ways others can help, and a list of mental health resources. You can see them all here.

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