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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Instagram Post Celebrates the Commonwealth's 70th Anniversary

The royal couple also used the opportunity to ask fans to donate in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth and Cyclone Idai.
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As the excitement around the royal baby reaches a fever pitch, with Meghan Markle believed to be due any day now, she and Prince Harry are still finding ways to carry on their royal duties.

A new Instagram post on the couple's @sussexroyal account commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth—an association of 53 countries, many of which are former British colonies. The royal couple is set to be very involved in the organization moving going forward, with Prince Harry serving President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Meghan was also recently named Vice President of the Trust.

The caption celebrates the Commonwealth's unity and high-minded ideals, describing it as "a family of 53 countries working together to promote democracy, protect human rights, regenerate the environment, and focus not on what makes us different—but rather what we have in 'common.' What unites us versus what divides us."

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth - a family of 53 countries working together to promote democracy, protect human rights, regenerate the environment, and focus not on what makes us different - but rather what we have in ‘common.’ What unites us versus what divides us. Representing nearly one third of the world’s population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30, the Commonwealth also serves as a champion for youth empowerment, which is a key focus of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her Majesty The Queen serves as patron of the @queens_commonwealth_trust, which Their Royal Highnesses proudly serve as President and Vice-President of. The Duke is also Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Through The Duke and Duchess’ Commonwealth travels, they have worked with and supported young leaders on mobilizing youth engagement, and working towards a more unified future that spearheads progress, sustainability, optimism, and taking action. With that said, Mozambique, a member state of the Commonwealth, is currently enduring Cyclone Kenneth, the most destructive natural disaster the northern coast has ever experienced. On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages. If you’d like to help, please visit DEC.org.uk Photo credit: Chris Jackson & Samir Hussein

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The long message concludes with a call to action, asking the couple's followers to help one of the Commonwealth countries. "Mozambique, a member state of the Commonwealth, is currently enduring Cyclone Kenneth, the most destructive natural disaster the northern coast has ever experienced," the caption reads. "On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages."

The post directs fans to the U.K.'s Disasters Emergency Committee, which is currently raising funds for aid in the wake of the natural disaster. (Donations can be made here.)

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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