Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to host online talk with celebrity friends on dangers of social media

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will host a special online talk with their celebrity friends on the dangers of social media.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were boasted as "among the most influential voices in the world" ahead of their appearance at the Time100 Talks that will air on Tuesday.

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Themed around the topic of “Engineering a Better World,” the special episode of TIME100 Talks will reflect on the couple's focus "on building online communities that are trustworthy, safer, and more equitable—and what that means for supporting and accelerating progress on critical issues like gender equity, racial justice, and climate change."

As the new interview was revealed, a new black and white photograph of the couple was revealed.

Meghan is seen grinning with her long hair down and in waves – her simple outside accessorised with bracelets and a pinkie ring. Prince Harry, in a suit without a tie, can be seen smiling perched on the side of the chair.

As part of the online chats, the couple will speak with Reddit co-founder and founder of 776 Alexis Ohanian, the husband of Meghan's pal Serena Williams.

They will also speak to Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry Safiya Noble.

The couple will also speak to the hosts of the podcast Teenager Therapy – which they recently appeared on.

The event is just another in a string of events the couple have been involved in over the recent few weeks – appearing on podcasts and speaking with Malala about the importance of education for girls.

Most recently, the duchess spoke at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit – later accused of ripping off a Netflix documentary for her speech.

Both Harry and Meghan have been raising awareness for issues including equality and racism since quitting the royal family earlier this year.

The 39-year-old former actress also opened up about mental health recently, saying she had received "unsurvivable" online trolling.

She said: " I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.

"But what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable. I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 25 – if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging." 


Just last month a list of demands the couple had issued for speaking engagements was revealed.

In an exhaustive four-page document, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex outline their stringent rules for any speaking engagement – including that they have the final say in who introduces them.

The Telegraph revealed the stipulations issued by Harry, 35, and Meghan including that the fee must be paid in advance.

The leaked 'Virtual Event Request Form' states the full audience list must also be provided and whether the couple need to wear “business or casual” attire.

TIME editor in chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal said the upcoming show was supposed to focus on solutions and visions of a better future.

He said: "This special episode marks our first collaboration, and we are thrilled to partner with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to explore these urgent issues."

Dan Macsai, TIME executive editor and editorial director of the TIME100 added: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, both TIME100 alumni, are among the most influential voices in the world.

"We look forward to working with them to elevate essential voices and highlight real solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time."

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