Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke ‘word salad’ statement saying they’re ‘speechless’

Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're 'speechless'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said the Taliban’s advance in Afghanistan has left them ‘speechless’ and ‘heartbroken’ in a wide-ranging statement that also addresses the Covid-19 crisis and the humanitarian disaster in Haiti.

The lengthy statement, released via the couple’s slick Archewell Foundation website, calls on followers to support organisations including the World Central Kitchen, but failed to say how much they would be personally donating or details of how they will help. Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're 'speechless'

But the couple have been slammed by a royal expert who called it ‘another attempt to form an alternate woke royal family’ and by social media users who branded the statement ‘vague publicity seeking word salad’ and said it was ‘irrelevant’ as it doesn’t mention how they personally will be helping in the crisis.

Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin told FEMAIL: ‘I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about the situation in Afghanistan.

Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're 'speechless' The disaster in Haiti and new Covid variants is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family.

Like most of their “compassionate” gestures there is no indication about what they themselves will do and whether any donations will be going through Archewell Foundation.

Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're 'speechless' Their comment that they want to “alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet – that will prove our humanity,” sounds so similar to their recent comment we must be compassionate “to those we know and those we don’t know” that makes it sound equally phoney.

It comes a day after the Duke of Sussex, 36, who spent 10 years in the British Army and performed two frontline tours of Afghanistan, released a statement via the Invictus Games Foundation to urge veterans to ‘reach out to each other and offer support’.

Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're 'speechless' Amid scenes of frightened Afghans trying to flee a return to brutal misogynistic rule after the Taliban captured the capital city Kabul, Harry and Meghan’s statement, which uses US spelling, says:

The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless.

Harry and Meghan wade into Afghanistan crisis with woke 'word salad' statement saying they're '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.

‘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.

To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work.

We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

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.’

A second section, signed from ‘The Archewell team’ and titled the ‘Archewell commitment’ adds: ‘Like many of you, we are closely watching the crises happening across the world right now, and we are heartbroken.

Archewell is committed to putting our values into action, and we hope to do what we can to meet the moment by offering support to the military community and the troops who served in Afghanistan, as well as to the Afghan people facing violence and terror.

We are also supporting the emergency response in Haiti with our partner World Central Kitchen, which is working with local organizations that are helping with recovery efforts to save lives and preserve the health of those on the ground.

Finally, against this backdrop, we are acutely aware that the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant has jeopardized the health and safety of families around the world.

We are working to support vaccine equity through our commitment to combating the spread of misinformation, as well as our ongoing partnerships with Vax Live and Global Citizen.

We recognize that many of you may feel helpless right now as you watch the state of the world spin rapidly.

It can feel disorienting and defeating, but we have faith in the power of shared purpose, action, and commitment to our collective well-being.

It adds a list of charities to help those affected in Afghanistan and Haiti – as well as ‘resources for your own mental health, which we hope you’ll use as you navigate whatever comes up for you during this critical time’.

It ends: ‘Take care of yourselves, and let’s keep taking care of each other. Thank you, The Archewell Team’.

Many social media users questioned the statement, with one writing: ‘Harry and Meghan have released a statement on Afghanistan calling on the public to support charities working in the region.

Although they do not mention how they will be helping… Perhaps they will give Afghans 40 minute mentoring sessions, referring to the Duchess of Sussex 40 x 40 initiative.

More publicity seeking word salad from Meghan and Harry, said another.

A third wrote: ‘What does Meghan know about Afghanistan? Unless Prince Harry told her bedtime stories from his experience,.

A fourth added: ‘Is there nothing that those two won’t cling to, to try and find relevance?’

Yesterday, Prince Harry issued a statement via the Invictus Games Organisation saying he and other Afghanistan War veterans should ‘reach out to each other and offer support’ as he described the scenes from Kabul as ones that ‘resonate’ in a message to his charity for wounded veterans.

The charity statement did not offer any views on Joe Biden’s decision to abandon the Afghans he fought alongside, or the chaotic execution of the withdrawal that saw the Taliban re-take the country in days following 20 years of war.

Last year, Harry and Meghan, 40, were accused of wading into the US election when they urged voters to ‘reject hate speech’ in a message that was widely interpreted as an attack on Donald Trump and tacit support for Joe Biden’s campaign.

Harry has known President Biden and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, for several years, and both have been publicly supportive of the duke’s Invictus Games.

At least 12 military flights took off from Kabul Airport today, including three UK planes as the Ministry of Defence aim to up to 7,000 people out of the country.

Some 370 UK embassy staff and British nationals were flown out by the MoD on Sunday and yesterday, while 289 Afghan nationals were taken out last week – and a further 350 British and Afghans will be taken out of the country in the next 24 hours.

The UK could give refuge to tens of thousands of Afghans in total after the Taliban takeover as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab vowed the UK Government’s response will be ‘big-hearted’.

It comes after pandemonium yesterday as thousands of desperate people rushed the runway and clung to the wheels of departing US jets – with one horrifying video appearing to show how one man was crushed to death in the landing gear of a C-17 transport plane.

The footage, which emerged today, shows what appears to be a man’s legs protruding from the side of the jet and failing against the side of the aircraft.

A US official later confirmed that human remain were found in the landing gear of a jet, which made an emergency landing after declaring a mid-air state of emergency.

There are at least 56,000 people who need evacuating from Afghanistan – including some 22,000 flying on US special immigrant visas, 4,000 British nationals, 10,000 refugees that Germany has said it will accept, and 20,000 bound for Canada.

In reality, that number is likely to be far higher once diplomatic staff from dozens of countries which had relations with Afghanistan’s former government are taken into account.

The US said it may issue up 80,000 special immigrant visas to those who helped with combat operations and are likely to face revenge attacks from the Taliban, while 7,500 troops currently guarding the airport – including 6,000 Americans and smaller numbers of British, Turkish and Australians – will also need to leave.

At least 6,000 people have already managed to flee the country on evacuation flights that began on Sunday, with a dozen departing today – most of them flying to neighbouring Middle Eastern countries before continuing their journeys west. Spain, France and India confirmed their diplomatic staff were evacuated today.


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