The environmental charity Population Matters granted Meghan Markle and Prince Harry an award for the couple’s decision to limit their family size. The organization promotes a “sustainable human population,” and claimed in announcing the award that Markle and Prince Harry made an “enlightened” decision in their commitment to have only two children.
In the announcement for the award, which included a £500 ($695) prize, the charity stated that the recognition was also “for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.” A spokesperson for Population Matters 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.”
The spokesperson added, “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.” The statements from the environmental charity are ironic given that the world is headed for an unprecedented demographic winter in which underpopulation will present far more serious challenges than supposed overpopulation has.
In June, the couple welcomed daughter Lilibet Diana who joined two-year-old brother Archie. The estranged royals have vowed that they will not have any other children. In a 2019 Vogue interview, Prince Harry said they would have a “maximum” of two children. He explained, “I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, 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.”
Population Matters also used the award to promote a woman who wrote a book supporting childlessness by choice. While anti-Lifers continue to fear-monger about overpopulation, even calling children an “environmental hazard,” the reality is that too few babies will soon be the world’s problem.
The world has received a warning from countries like China. Under the Chinese Communist Party, the nation has endured a brutal regime of enforced single-child families for decades. Now, as the population ages, severe imbalances and systemic challenges are coming to light. With a society of increasingly elderly citizens with fewer young people shouldering the responsibility of caring for them, China is on the precipice of crisis. Years ago, the Chinese Communist Party tried to address the trend by instating a two-child policy, but that has proven insufficient to reverse a demographic implosion. Now, the Communist Party is seeking to encourage young families to have three children.
Not only is the environmental award out of touch, the celebration also highlights the double standard for the former royals. Leading up to Archie’s birth two years ago, the international media were fawning over him. There was no doubt that he was indeed a baby, despite the fact that the very same mainstream media regularly promotes the killing of preborn babies. There was joy and excitement about the birth of the royal babies, whether Archie or more recently his sister. The children of people deemed less desirable or the third or fourth babies to be born into a family are dehumanized and met with scorn instead of joy.
The anti-Life worldview seeks reasons to applaud eliminating human Life. Pro-Lifers understand that whatever challenges await the world, they are best met with our most precious resource: people. Killing children in the womb to “protect the planet” and awarding people for not having children is not a path to a more humane and better world.