The couple, who now live in California, shared the remarks in a brief video message congratulating those who were named to this year’s TIME 100 list of most influential people, which aired on a virtual ABC show Tuesday night.
They also honored the medical community and countless voices working to end injustice, according to representatives for the couple. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are alumni of TIME magazine’s Time 100 list, having been appointed in 2018.
Harry and Meghan called on viewers around the world to act with compassion in the physical and digital worlds, to use their voices, to engage with their communities and the civic process, and to care for each other, according to their representatives.
“When a person buys negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time not just to think, but to act, ”Harry said in his video remarks.
“Seeing our world through the lens of the community is very important. Because we need to redraw the lines of our interaction with each other – both online and offline, ”she added.
“Tonight reminds us of how important it is to look out for each other, care for each other and inspire each other,” Harry said.
The prince noted that he himself would not be able to vote in November, as he is not a U.S. citizen, adding that he had also never voted in a British election. Members of the British royal family generally do not discuss political matters.
Since the couple decided to step down from their senior roles in the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex – who retained her U.S. citizenship after her marriage to Harry in 2018 – has become more open on political issues.
She has already been involved in efforts this year to encourage people to turn out and vote, teaming up with figures such as political activist Gloria Steinem and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
The TIME 100 Most Influential People List, released annually, includes artists, scientists, activists, leaders and people who have made a significant impact in the global community.
This year’s list includes: US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci US President Donald Trump Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.