Prince Harry gives nod to Meghan Markle as he praises young Brits for ‘surviving & thriving’ during pandemic in LA video


PRINCE Harry has praised young Brits for not just “surviving but also thriving” during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Duke of Sussex, 35, recorded a video message in his new LA pad for a charity award.

Prince Harry recorded a video message for the OnSide Awards, which was streamed in full last night

The dad-of-one’s video clip was played at the OnSide Awards, as the 2019 ceremony streamed in full for the first time last night.

The video was posted on YouTube, with Harry saying: “Hats off to every single one of you for surviving but also for thriving.”

His message echoes the words spoken by Meghan Markle, 38, last year where she spoke of struggling in her new royal role.

She said on the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey: “I’ve said for a long time to H—that’s what I call him—it’s not enough to just survive something, right?

The video was posted on YouTube, with Harry praising young Brits for ‘surviving but also for thriving’ during the pandemic

 Meghan Markle has opened up about the challenges of being a new mum in the spotlight

Last year Meghan said on an ITV documentary that it was not enough to just survive life but you’ve ‘got to thrive’

“That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy.”

Harry added: “Just a few months ago we were all together in London at the OnSide youth centre awards and wow what a night that was.

“I remember meeting so many incredible people and hearing your stories, stories of strength, of determination, of resilience. But ultimately of courage.

“These stories and these challenges, these daily challenges that you guys are coming up against are unbelievable.

“So many people will never understand. You guys have the strength to pull through.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently self-isolating in LA with one-year-old Archie

He added of the coronavirus lockdown: “I can only imagine in the last six weeks have made it even more challenging but this too shall pass.

“Before you know it, you will be back together again, probably in a youth zone running around having the best time ever.”

OnSide is a UK-based charity, supported by Prince Harry, that has 12 youth clubs in England.

The duke has visited the various facilities at least three times, most recently to the OnSide Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham in April 2019.

He also visited Wigan Youth Zone in July 2016 and the Hive Wirral Youth Zone in January 2019 with the Duchess of Sussex.

Last year Prince Harry presented the Health and Wellbeing category award at the inaugural OnSide Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently self-isolating in LA with their one-year-old son Archie.

The couple are staying in a vast £14.5million villa, close to a host of A-list names, like Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry and Samuel L Jackson.

Their home is also near to some of Meghan’s closest friends, including Serena Williams, Heather Dorak and Abigail Spencer, and her mother Doria Ragland.

Baby Archie turned one last week and Meghan celebrated by uploading a sweet video of her reading to him

Baby Archie turned one last week and Meghan celebrated by uploading a sweet video of her reading to him

Last month, Harry’s friend Dr Jane Goodall said she has been in touch with the duke after he quit royal duties to move to Canada then LA and said he was finding it “challenging.”

Dr Goodall told the Radio Times: “I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but, yes, I’ve been in touch – though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging right now.”

We last got a glimpse of the family on Archie’s May 6 birthday, where he was seen in a video being read a children’s book by mum Meghan.

We shared how chatty Archie calls Prince Harry ‘Dada’ as he films him and Meghan Markle at their LA home.

And royal fans have pointed out that Archie looks the spitting image of his dad in the new video.