‘Silence not an option’ Queen, Harry and Meghan’s royal trust speaks out over US protests

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THE Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which counts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as its president and vice-president and the Queen as a patron, has spoken out over the wave of protests in the US.

As protests following the death of George Floyd continue in the US, the team at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust sided with the Black Lives Matter movement by sharing a powerful message on social media. The two tweets shared today by the royal trust read: “Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world.

“As a global community of young leaders we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward.

“Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter

“We all have the power to effect positive change.

“It is time to speak up and speak out. 

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust backed the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust backed the Black Lives Matter movement with this tweet (Image: TWITTER)

“Time to have uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with others.

“Time to educate ourselves and unlearn.

“Time to come together and build a better future as one.”  

The message was signed off by “Team QCT” and accompanied by a quote from American minister and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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This message was signed off by the Team at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (Image: TWITTER)

The quote read: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. 

The Black Lives Matter movement originated in 2013 in the United States and campaigns against systematic racism and violence towards black people. 

The Queen is the patron of this trust, while Prince Harry and Meghan are respectively its President and Vice-President.

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The Queen is the patron of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen, Meghan and Harry at last year’s Trooping the Colour (Image: GETTY)

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust stemmed from The Queen’s Trust in early 2019, when the organisation set up to mark the monarch’s Silver Jubilee was shut down. 

The new trust is a platform which allows young members of the Commonwealth to share their ideas, experiences and projects to create leaders of the future. 

Harry and Meghan have remained at the helm of this organisation even after their decision to step down as senior royals, one year after they were appointed President and Vice-President. 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust’s decision to back the Black Lives Matter movement breaks the Royal Family’s silence on the death of Mr Floyd.  

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Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family on May 19 2018 (Image: EXPRESS)

Mr Floyd died last Monday, May 25, while in police custody in Minneapolis. 

Police officers were called by a grocery store employee, who claimed Mr Floyd had paid using a counterfeit $20 note. 

As officers were attempting to put him in a police car, Mr Floyd dropped on the floor saying he was claustrophobic. 

Handcuffed, he was further immobilised by police officer Derek Chauvin, who placed his knee on the neck of Mr Floyd and remained in the same position while the man could be heard saying “please, I can’t breathe” and “don’t kill me”. 

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Meghan and Harry are the vice-president and president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (Image: GETTY)

According to a preliminary autopsy by the county medical examiner, the police officer kept his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 

Police claimed Mr Floyd physically resisted officers. Video taken by people witnessing the tragic event unfolding don’t show how the confrontation started. 

Mr Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder three days after the death of Mr Floyd. 

His appearance in court was pushed back from today to June 8. 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK