A British population control group gave celebrity couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle an award this summer for promising to limit their family to two children.
Population Matters praised the couple as “role models” for their “enlightened decision” to restrict their family size, Page Six reports.
The organization, which advocates for population control to protect the environment, gave the British royals an award and cash prize of £500 (about $700) to donate to the charity of their choice, according to the report.
“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,” Population Matters said in a statement. “We commend the duke and duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
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Harry and Meghan have two children already. Their first, Archie, was born in 2019, and their second, Lilibet was born earlier this summer, according to the report.
The couple has not been open about their views on abortion. In 2018, a political leader in Ireland tweeted that Markle “was pleased” by their country’s decision to legalize abortion. However, the tweet later was deleted.
Fears about overpopulation have been widely overblown, and some group’s actions to address the supposed problem have been oppressive, such as China’s One Child Policy. The policy led to forced abortions, forced sterilizations and other human rights abuses.
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