Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will receive an award from the environmental group Population Matters for their decision to limit their family to two children.
In a 2019 interview with British Vogue that was guest-edited by Markle, Prince Harry said that they would only have two kids; “maximum” because they believe the Earth “is borrowed, according to The Daily Wire.
“Because surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.” The Prince added, explaining his decision.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be adding any more children to their family. The couple, who currently have a son (2 year old Archie Harrison) and a daughter (one-month-old Lilibet Diana)
“Enlightened decision,” is what the Population Matters called this and the Sussexes were dubbed “role models.”
The 30-year-old organization will present the couple with approximately $695 to contribute to the charity of their choice; their aim is to “create a wave of public awareness and corresponding policy action on overpopulation and unsustainable consumption.”
A spokesperson said, “In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families, having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children, and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet. We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
The population control group argues that every human puts “pressure on the natural world, consumes the Earth’s finite resources and contributes to climate change,” on a separate section of its website, it argues that one of the most effective ways to “help our planet” is having a smaller family.
The announcement was met with mixed reactions; with some wondering what the Sussexes will do if they should accidentally become pregnant again.
Scientist and pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha tweeted, “I have a question, … what if she becomes pregnant again? I mean contraceptives do fail from time to time. Will they resort to aborting the Queen’s grandchild? This is absurd.”
I have a question 🙋🏾♀️ … what if she becomes pregnant again? I mean contraceptives do fail from time to time. Will they resort to aborting the Queen’s grandchild? This is absurd.https://t.co/ilSDiMSwgf
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) July 12, 2021
“Orwell called and would like the idea for this award back,” Ricochet editor Bethany Mandel took aim at the prize itself.
Orwell called and would like the idea for this award back. https://t.co/CvdkRVlKfs
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) July 11, 2021
Some left-wing environmentalists sneered at the honor as well.
Stanford planetary health fellow, Dr. Britt Wray said, “I’m sorry, this is just gross, Harry and Megan were given an award for deciding to only have 2 kids for eco reasons? How about you give an award to all the concerned people of childbearing age, who are in serious agony deciding whether they can even have 1.”
I’m sorry, this is just gross. Harry and Megan were given an award for deciding to only have 2 kids for eco reasons? How about you give an award to all the concerned ppl of childbearing age who are in serious agony deciding whether they can even have 1 https://t.co/slTH2b1vpH
— Dr. Britt Wray (@brittwray) July 11, 2021
In contrast to the Sussexes, Prince William and Duchess Kate already have three children — Prince George (age 7), Princess Charlotte (age 6), and Prince Louis (age 3). There have been rumors that they are hoping for a fourth.