'Perfectly said': Prince Harry praises Meghan Markle's thoughts on Black Lives Matter, reveals his own 'awakening' on racial issues

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have publicly called for an end to structural racism and launched a campaign to celebrate Black "trailblazers" in time for Black History Month in the UK. 

During a video interview with the Evening Standard, Harry praised his wife's words about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement in which she summed up its impetus as "recognising equality". 

The Duke of Sussex also revealed his own "awakening" on racial issues within the UK and globally, admitting: "I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did, but I didn't." 

Harry used the example of a lack of diversity in children's toys - such as only seeing white dolls in a toy shop - to demonstrate how white privilege can affect a person's perspective on systemic racism. 

"I use that as just one example of where we as white people don't always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different-coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people," he said. 

Meghan chimed in that Black History Month is an opportunity "to remind people of our shared humanity". With reference to the couple's campaign featuring "a group of notable leaders whose influence is making a positive and lasting impact on British culture", she said it was "educational, but also really exciting just to find more people in the community that are inspirational". 

The former Suits actor said she understood it had been challenging for people to make a "reckoning of historical significance" in the wake of the latest Black Lives Matter movement, which was kicked off by the death of George Floyd while in police custody earlier this year. 

"It's uncomfortable for people, and we recognise that - it's uncomfortable for us!" she said.

"I just think when everyone starts to own that, we push through that and focus on how we make it different moving forward. 

"We just focus on the uplift and positivity of that while still recognising the past, that's when we reshape things and it shouldn't be inflammatory at all, that should be really exciting actually," she concluded. 

Harry responded that it would be difficult to expand on his wife's remarks, as they were "so perfectly said".