How Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have reportedly been supporting anti-racist causes after George Floyd's death

By Zach Harper

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have been quietly meeting with community leaders to discuss systemic racism and other issues related to the Black Lives Matter movement, a new report says.

The report, which comes from Harper's Bazaar royal writer Omid Scobie, has surfaced just after the Duchess of Sussex made an address to the graduating class at her former Los Angeles high school last week. In it, she spoke out in support of Black Lives Matter.

"This is something that is incredibly personal to Meghan, especially given everything she has experienced," Omid told Harper's Bazaar. "And as a couple, it is, of course, very important. They are both feeling it, just like the rest of us.

"Both Meghan and Harry have been quietly having meetings behind the scenes with people on all levels to make sure that they are educated and connected to the issues of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement."

The intersection of Hollywood and Highland is seen during a protest against the death of George Floyd on June 7, 2020. Photo: © David McNew/Getty Images

As mentioned, Meghan addressed the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans "whose names we don't know" during an address to the graduating class at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

"You are going to have empathy for those who don't see the world through the same lens that you do, because as diverse and vibrant and open-minded as I know that the teachings of the Immaculate Heart are, I know that you know that Black Lives Matter," she said in the video, which was played during a virtual graduation ceremony.

"What is happening in our country and in our state and our hometown of L.A., has been absolutely devastating. I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn't, or it would get picked apart. And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor's life mattered, and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don't know."

Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, in 2015. Photo: © Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Last week, a video of the 38-year-old from 2012 resurfaced online in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and the outrage over the deaths of George, Breonna and many others. In that clip, Meghan discussed how anti-Black racism has affected her life.

"My name's Meghan Markle and I'm here because I think it's a really important campaign to be a part of," she said. "For me, I think it hits a really personal note. I'm biracial. Most people can't tell what I'm mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.

"And so some of the slurs I've heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it's just hit me in a really strong way. And, you know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N word.

"So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and I want things to be better."

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