When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan started their Instagram account, we knew to expect big things. And while they didn’t disappoint, we had no idea they were going to do something unthinkable and unfollow the entire British Family. But it was all for a good cause. Or, causes.
The couple explained that at the beginning of every month, they would honour different charities and causes and change the accounts they follow solely based on the theme. The month of May was all about promoting “mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection,” as it was Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. (and Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K. ran from May 13 to 19).
Now that we’re in June, the Sussexes have set their sights on a new theme: Pride. And in its honour, Harry and Meghan are focusing on the LGBTQ+ community.
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Continuing with our tradition to rotate the accounts we follow based on causes and social issues that matter to us: For the month of June we “proudly” shine a light on PRIDE. This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future. We stand with you and support you 🌈 Because it’s very simple: love is love. Images above from the accounts we are now following and artist Ruben Guadalupe Marquez
Not sure what’s better, the quote from their wedding (“love is love”) or the gorgeous image of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, in the collage. That pic of Diana, sitting next to an AIDS patient in his hospital bed less than a year before her death, is proof the couple are planning to continue her work, as she was instrumental in helping change the attitudes towards HIV and AIDS back in the day.
The photo Harry and Meghan chose was taken in October 1996, when Diana visited patients at the London Lighthouse, a centre for people affected by HIV and AIDS, in London. But it was prior to that visit, in 1987, that photographers captured her shaking hands with a man who had the illness — purposely not wearing gloves in order to dismiss the idea that a person could get HIV and AIDS by touch. A monumental statement.
In a 2017 speech, Harry referenced the image of his mom and the patient, saying, “She knew that AIDS was one of the things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge. She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia.”
He added, “So when, that April, she took the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV, in front of the cameras, she knew exactly what she was doing. She was using her position as Princess of Wales — the most famous woman in the world — to challenge everyone to educate themselves, to find their compassion and to reach out to those who need help instead of pushing them away.”
Harry has been continuing his mother’s legacy in other ways, including Sentebale, his joint charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, which helps children and young people living with HIV in the African country.