MEGHAN MARKLE, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry sent Instagram into meltdown after posting a heartbreaking update on the social media platform.
On Friday, Harry met up with Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas to talk about HIV. The ex-captain recently revealed he is HIV positive and he met the royal at the Twickenham Stoop, which is home of the Harlequins rugby union team. Following their meeting, the Royal Sussex social media team posted an update.
They explained Prince Harry had joined up with Gareth and The Terrence Higgins Trust in a bid to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Week.
The week runs between November 16 and 22.
In the post, the couple said: “The Duke has been a longtime advocate of HIV awareness, and of eradicating the stigma surrounding the virus – an extension of his mother’s legacy.
“Not enough people know that thanks to the work of so many over the years, HIV is no longer a death sentence and testing for it is quick and easy.”
The post continued to explain that the Duke “shared the magnitude” of having a character as iconic as Gareth to help show that with HIV a healthy life can be led.
The post added: “Gareth is an excellent role model for anyone living in fear, and an amazing example of both physical and mental strength.
“An estimated 1 in 14 people in the UK live with HIV and are still undiagnosed.
“Please get tested and take control of your life and your health – even if you don’t feel you’re at risk, getting tested will help smash the stigma and normalise it for others.”
Previously, Prince Harry has taken two public HIV tests to raise awareness of the condition.
Gareth said: “Stigma is this real thing that affects people in very negative ways.
“I think someone like Harry has a way bigger platform than any of us and he can reach parts of the world where people are still very much living in shame.”
When the pair came face-to-face they greeted each other with a hug.
Gareth also revealed that the pair had spoken after the Duke of Sussex sent a message of support to the rugby legend.
Prince Harry’s son Archie also received an adorable gift from the meeting.
Archie was given a Harlequins top with the six-month-old’s name on the back.
It was given by the club’s captain and former England leader Chris Robshaw.
Harry is a long-time supporter of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
HIV Test Week aims to bring HIV transmission to an end.
Diagnoses in England are at their lowest since 2000.
Early detection and treatment means sufferers cannot pass on the virus.