Britain’s Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has expressed great regret that children grow up in a world still marked by racism, considering that the events taking place in the United States are now devastating.

“I realize you know that the lives of black people are important,” Megan said in a video clip she recorded for students on the occasion of her graduation from her old high school in Los Angeles, and it was broadcast on Wednesday.

“During the past few weeks, I had intended to give you a few words on the occasion of graduation, but as we have all seen during the past week, what is happening in our country, in our state, and in our city, Los Angeles is totally destroyed,” said Megan, wife of Prince Harry, grandson of Britain’s Queen. Megan’s mother is African American and her father is white.

The 38-year-old former actress said in her letter to the students: “The first thing I want to say is that I feel sorry, I feel very sorry that you were raised in a world that is still experiencing these things.”

The death of black American George Floyd following police arrest him last month sparked long-standing anger at the police’s handling of African-Americans, protests across the country sparked youth, some of them violent, and authorities imposed a curfew in some cities to quell the unrest.

According to tradition, the royal family in Britain does not comment on political issues. Megan and Harry abandoned their formal royal roles at the end of March and now live in Los Angeles with their son Archie.