For vowing to only have two children max, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received an environmental award from the United Kingdom-based charity Population Matters. The group dubbed the estranged ex-royals “role models” for their “enlightened decision.”
Back in 2019, Harry and Markle pledged not to have more than two kids out of global sustainability fears. Prince Harry said in a 2019 interview with British Vogue that the couple would only have two kids, “maximum” because he and his wife believe the Earth “is borrowed.” “Because surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be,” said Harry, “we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”
The pair have a two-year-old son, Archie Harrison, and a one-month-old daughter, Lilibet Diana, so this means the couple presumably plans not to add any more children to their family.
“In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families,” a Population Matters spokesperson said. “Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children, and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet. We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
“Population Matters,” a 30-year-old organization that aims to “create a wave of public awareness and corresponding policy action on overpopulation and unsustainable consumption,” presented the couple a prize of $695 to contribute to the charity of their choice.
On its website, the population control organization says, “A little less makes a lot of difference,” arguing that every human puts “pressure on the natural world, consumes the Earth’s finite resources and contributes to climate change.” According to Population Matters, the way to “help our planet” is for people to have smaller families.
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