Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan talk social media in video call from new house; Meghan joins voter registration drive

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Harry and Meghan met with members of the Commonwealth Trust, a remaining link to the UK, to talk about making the world better through social media.
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan addressed using social media for good in their first joint video call since they moved to a new estate in Santa Barbara last month.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are rapidly becoming leading media critics, this week joined four members of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to talk about how the online world can be used as "a force for good" by young people in Commonwealth nations around the world.

The encounter took place Monday but was released by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust on Thursday. Harry and Meghan called in from their new home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, the pricey enclave where their friend Oprah Winfrey lives, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, Meghan jumped feet first into the presidential campaign, calling in via video to #CouchParty, an online event co-organized by When We All Vote, the non-partisan voter registration drive co-chaired by the woman she called "my friend," former first lady Michelle Obama. The group was aiming to send texts to 300,000 women reminding them to register and plan to vote in the Nov. 3 election.

A Message from the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle✨ #CouchPartypic.twitter.com/qmR3CDLwDI — 𝒂 (@meghmarkle) August 20, 2020

Meghan was first up, introduced as a philanthropist and longtime supporter of women's empowerment. She spoke about why voting is "exceptionally important" in this election, delivering a polished, heartfelt call to women to consider the stakes and fill out their ballots.

It was the sort of speech she could not have given if she were still in the United Kingdom and a senior working royal, who don't vote and don't get…
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