Not only did the pair welcome their daughter Lilibet back in the start of June, but since then, the couple has announced that Markle will executive produce a new animated series for Netflix and Prince Harry will pen a memoir that reflects on his life.
Now, the royals are using their Archewell brand to make another statement, but this time, it's a message of support for a coalition of journalists in the U.K. who are making a call for change. The post begins by stating, “Archewell is a proud supporter of journalistic diversity and news media organizations that are committed to reporting the truth, uncovering untold stories and giving voice to the voiceless. In every corner of the world, members of the media are using their power — and responsibility — to inform the public, teach communities, battle misinformation and inspire change.”
They go on to say, “We also applaud the work of independent media, nonprofit newsrooms and trusted local news collectives. They demonstrate the deep need for this critical profession to thrive and evolve, particularly in terms of racial equity and representation in newsgathering and newsrooms.” The couple adds: “That’s why we support groups like The PressPad Charitable Foundation (which helps young people of diverse backgrounds gain entry into the journalism industry) and URL Media (a multi-platform network focused on community media organizations that directly serve and reflect their audiences).”
After showing their support for the these reporters, the duke and duchess close by saying, “For these reasons, we are seeking to bring awareness to a coalition of U.K. journalists calling for stronger initiatives to combat the underrepresentation, inequity and racial bigotry that still persist in this important industry.” At the bottom of the post, a link directs to a letter published on Medium by Haroon Siddique, where over 100 journalists of color call on the U.K.'s Society of Editors to “offer moral leadership” and ensure diversity and equality within journalistic publications.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously shied away from the press and have been keeping their social media accounts quiet, they've recently been opening up in new interviews, like their internet-breaking conversation with Oprah and Markle's appearance on NPR. And as the couple learns to embrace the press again, they are trying to use their power to ensure that diversity is represented in the journalism world.
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