What Meghan And Harry Are Asking Their Celebrity Friends To Do

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have moved on from being senior members of the royal family, they are embarking on a new career as podcasters for Spotify. Entertainment Tonight reported on their 2020 holiday special, which included Meghan and Harry reaching out to some very famous friends with a prompt to "fill in the blank: 2020, the year that..." That sentence starter could get a long response from just about anyone, with the Duke of Sussex remarking, "As we all know, it's been a YEAR. And we really want to honor the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it."

Meghan chimed in: "And at the same time, to honor those who have experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss. Our thoughts have been with you, especially during this holiday season." They also shared how thankful they are for "healthcare workers, frontline service workers, and so many others for their sacrifices" amid the the coronavirus pandemic, before sharing the responses they received from Elton John, Tyler Perry and tennis star Naomi Osaka, among others.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to make the world a better place

Princess Diana's close friend Elton John told Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, "I'm a recovering alcoholic, so I have an AA meeting from this house every Sunday. I connect with my friends who I've known for about 30 years in the program, and that's great." He also added that Zoom was a "lifesaver." Late Late Show host James Corden admitted, "I'm very happy staying in." Tyler Perry, who lent his house to the royal couple, shared that he got through the year "one day at a time with a lot of prayer."

Looking ahead to the next year, Perry said, "I'm just hoping to see more and more smiles in 2021. We never want to go back to a time where we couldn't hug or touch or love people because of a virus." The Sussexes concluded the special by playing the song "This Little Light of Mine," which Markle said they played at the end of their 2018 wedding ceremony because "darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that." Harry wished their listeners a happy new year and declared, "The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It's about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place."

And considering the unpredictability of 2020 for everyone — former royals included — hopes are surely high for making the world a "better place" in 2021.