Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘speechless’ over Taliban takeover

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle 'speechless' over Taliban takeover

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said Tuesday they were “devastated” and “left speechless” by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan amid President Biden’s withdrawal of US troops.

“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,” the Megxit duo wrote.

Taliban members patrol the streets of Jalalabad city, Afghanistan on August 17, 2021, as the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Prince Harry served in the British Army and was deployed to Afghanistan twice.
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They also weighed in on the devastating earthquake in Haiti. “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,” the couple said.

“And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.”

Prince Harry served in the British Army and was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex called on people to support organizations performing “critical” humanitarian and charitable work on the crises and for global leaders to “rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues” at 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,” the statement concluded.

The pair in their post recommended donating to eight organizations, including Women for Afghan Women, National Alliance on Mental Wellness and Mercy Corps, a group delivering aid in Haiti.

A destroyed home is viewed after the earthquake near Camp-Perrin, Haiti on August 16, 2021. - Rescuers in Haiti used heavy equipment and their bare hands on August 16, 2021 to hunt for survivors under buildings flattened two days ago by a massive earthquake that killed more than 1,400 people, while an approaching storm threatened more suffering. Flash floods and mudslides were possible as the front bore down on the Caribbean nation's southwestern peninsula, which was hard-hit by a 7.2-magnitude quake that toppled thousands of buildings early Saturday.
The two royals also touched on the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
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The statement comes after on Saturday a powerful earthquake hit southwest Haiti, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying hundreds of homes. On Sunday, Taliban forces regained control of Afghanistan’s capital following President Biden’s withdrawal of American troops.

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