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Kindness and Purpose: The Young Royals Nailing It.

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping into Sydney this morning (insert squeal) and announcing a royal baby on the way (double squeal) AND, most of us still not-so-quietly obsessing over Princess Eugenie’s SPEC-TAC-ULAR wedding, it’s safe to say royal fever is pretty high right now. So of course, we’re jumping on the royal bandwagon. But no, we won’t be dissecting every outfit the duchesses wear (wonder what would happen if Wills and Harry chucked a Karl Stefanovic and wore the exact same suits for a year?) or analysing every gesture, stare or movement the couples make and filing them under “PDA”, “meltdown” or “public spat”….you’ll have to go elsewhere for that. What we are doing is looking beyond the outfits and the gossip. These young royals have so much purpose and are involved in so much kindness and THAT is the stuff that really matters.

In the last month alone, they’ve been working to end human trafficking, increase mental health awareness, support communities in need through a charity cookbook and save tigers, rhinos and elephants. That’s a whole lot of world-changing acts of kindness. And, a whole lot of attention on humanitarian, environmental and health issues that often go unnoticed.

Let’s start with one of the reasons why Harry and Megs are even in town today – the Invictus Games – the international sporting event the Duke of Sussex started himself in 2014 for former and current members of the armed forces to help them recover from both mental and physical injuries. Featuring events like wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, swimming and archery, the games are all about inspiring servicemen/women and their families to be active and live beyond their injuries.

Meanwhile Meghan Markle’s first solo charity project as the Duchess of Sussex, Together: Our Community Cookbook, continues to raise funds and support survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire. (It’s currently ranked number 1 on the Amazon Book Charts for Middle Eastern Cooking.)

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And then there’s Princess Eugenie. Do you remember what you were doing just weeks before your wedding? (I do, and it wasn’t pretty!) Well, not long before her big day Princess Eugenie travelled to Serbia with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.  She met locals in Belgrade providing support services to survivors of human trafficking. Earlier this year, she started the Anti-Slavery Collective to raise awareness about the 46 million people who are today trapped in some form of slavery whether its sex trafficking, forced labour or becoming child soldiers.

While we’re at it, did you know that sister Princess Beatrice (together with Holly Branson) has just set up Big Change Charity to support youth projects? Whether it’s mental health services, improving communication skills or encouraging career leadership, the aim is to help teenagers succeed in life – not just exams,  as they say on their website!


What have Prince William and Catherine been up to you ask? Oh just the usual. Fighting for tigers, rhinos and elephants and supporting local school kids too.

This week, the Duke of Cambridge attended the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London to speak out against poaching and other serious organised wildlife rackets: “It is heart-breaking to think that by the time my children George, Charlotte and Louis are in their twenties, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild.”


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You see, no matter where you look, the young royals are using their platforms to do good, to spread kindness and to highlight the importance of helping others. And yep, we reckon they’re nailing it.


Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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