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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Tribute to Their Mothers in Heartfelt ‘Letter for 2021’

Motherly guidance! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a message of hope for the new year while honoring their mothers, the late Princess Diana and Doria Ragland.

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The couple posted “A Letter for 2021” on their new website for their Archewell foundation on Thursday, December 31, saying goodbye to 2020.

“I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell,” the pair’s statement read. “We believe in the best of humanity. Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness, from our mothers and strangers alike.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Tribute to Their Mothers in Heartfelt Letter for 2021
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shutterstock

The message continued: “In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion in action.”

The former senior royals invited their readers to join them as “we work to build a better world, one act of compassion at a time.”

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Alongside the heartfelt note, the pair shared photos from their childhoods — one of Harry on Diana’s shoulders and one of Meghan smiling next to Ragland.

The website, which launched in October, also features Archewell’s mission, identified as “compassion in action,” which is broken into three parts.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Tribute to Their Mothers in Heartfelt Letter for 2021 Princess Diana
Princess Diana with Prince Harry South West News Service/Shutterstock

“Archewell, through its non-profit work as well as creative activations, drives systemic cultural change across all communities,” the mission statement reads. There are also links to the Archewell Foundation, “Archewell Audio” and Archewell Productions.

Two days prior, the couple released their first podcast episode, in which their 19-month-old son, Archie, made an appearance.

Archie repeated “Happy New Year” after his parents shared the sentiment with their listeners on the Tuesday, December 29, episode of the “Archewell Audio” episode.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Tribute to Their Mothers in Heartfelt Letter for 2021 Doria Ragland
Doria Ragland Shutterstock

Earlier in the clip, the pair reflected on 2020 and what they hope to take away from the rough year, which included Meghan, 39, suffering a miscarriage and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, battling COVID-19.

“As we come to the end of this year and look to the future, let’s hold onto the lessons we’ve learned about how important it is to take care of one another, and how meaningful our connections are — even when they’re physically impossible,” the former military pilot, 36, said.

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The couple’s podcast launch came shortly after they announced their partnership with Spotify earlier this month. The podcast deal is the latest venture from Harry and Meghan, who revealed in September that they signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films, docuseries, scripted series and children’s programming.

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