Prince Harry has urged US citizens to “reject hate speech” and vote in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
He made the remarks alongside his wife, Meghan, in a US television broadcast.
A spokesperson for the couple said the comments did not refer to any specific political party or candidate, but were instead “a call for decency”.
Voting for the next US president, with candidates including Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, is on 3 November.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in a live video in what appeared to be their California home as part of the Time 100 – a list compiled by Time magazine to celebrate the world’s most influential people.
It was their first joint TV appearance since they ceased being working members of the Royal Family in March.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” the duke said as he sat on a bench alongside Meghan.
He also reminded Americans to be discerning in the content they consumed online.
“When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realise it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes,” he said.
“Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act.”