Prince Harry Pledges to Fight Institutionalized Racism in New Video: ‘Now Is the Time’

Prince Harry is calling out racism and committing himself to being “part of the change.”

On Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance (on behalf of himself and Prince William) at the Diana Award virtual ceremony, an event that honors young people who have done extraordinary things in Princess Diana’s name. During the event, which also took place on what would have been his mother’s 59th birthday, he spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement and apologized for the lack of action from the generations before him. 

"My wife [Meghan Markle] said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven't done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry—sorry that we haven't got the world to a place you deserve it to be," Harry said in part of the clip.

He continued, "Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you."

Before ending his speech, the 35-year-old royal pledged his commitment to fighting institutional racism and encouraged listeners, including the award recipients, to do the same. 

"I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change that you are all leading," said Harry. "Now is the time and we know that you can do it."