“Miss Markle said, and these were her exact words, ‘This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality,’” Australian Jacob Thomas, who won a Queen’s Young Leaders award for helping to reduce the suicide rate within the LBGTQ community in Australia, told reporters.
According to Thomas, Prince Harry praised how much progress has been made over the past decade, but recognized that there is still work to be done.
“Prince Harry said that what was so amazing was that 10 or so years ago, we wouldn’t have been having this conversation and how incredible it was that we now were,” Thomas said, adding that the couple also told him that LGBTQ issues would be at the forefront of their philanthropic pursuits after their wedding.
“Both Prince Harry and Miss Markle said they would put LGBT issues at the front of their work,” Jonah Chinga, an LGBTQ activist from Kenya who was also at the forum, confirmed to reporters.
According to The Independent, same-sex relations are still considered illegal in at least 36 Commonwealth countries, and British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke out against this at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting on Tuesday.
“I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now," May said.