Prince Harry Wears the Matching Bracelet He Shares With Girlfriend Meghan Markle at Charity Event
Meghan Markle may not have been by Prince Harry's side during a charity visit in London on Tuesday, but she was clearly in his thoughts.
The royal wore the couple’s matching “his and hers” bracelet — a blue-beaded bangle they’ve both been sporting in recent months. Harry reportedly picked up the bracelets during one of his trips to Africa — and the gift has rarely left the actress’s wrist.
Harry, who spent a few days with the Suits star in London last week, was on hand to meet with staff members from NAZ, a sexual health charity that provides support and advice for minority communities in London.
Harry also met with the Joyful Noise choir, a collection of people of different faiths, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender, all living with HIV.
The talented group of singers was rehearsing for tonight’s special performance at the nOscars, an awards ceremony established by Naz in 2012 to highlight the programs, people and media which challenge HIV and homophobic stigma.
In an impromptu speech, Harry told the choir members, “I don’t want to be here in 10 years talking to you guys and saying we’re making a difference. There’s no reason why we can’t turn this around in two or three years.
“Thirty years ago it was pretty much a death sentence, but so many people have put blood, sweat and tears into essentially fixing the problem. For some reason, though, there is a large group of people who don’t know that things have come so far.
“We have got to do this and people have got to hear it from you, they don’t want to hear it from me.”
The visit is part of the prince’s ongoing efforts to break the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.
Harry has publicly taken an HIV test in order to encourage others to do the same. He’s also made several private visits to an HIV hospital where his mother Princess Diana famously visited and he spoke at a global HIV conference in South Africa during the summer.
Members of the choir told Prince Harry that the HIV test he took earlier this year was “one of the greatest things you ever did,” He replied. “It was one of the easiest things I ever did.”