Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton had their first ever double work date at the Royal Foundation Forum yesterday—a royal engagement that involved them taking questions from BBC presenter Tina Daheley during a panel. Markle, who will become a patron of the foundation with her fiancé Harry and his brother and sister-in-law after her wedding to Harry in May, got to speak about her work focus: women’s empowerment. Markle was all passion and charisma in the footage of her talk:
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“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s’ empowerment,” Markle started. “You’ll often hear people say well, you’re helping women find their voices. And I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they have a voice. They need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen. And I think right now in the climate that we’re seeing so many campaigns—I mean, #MeToo and TimesUp—there’s no better time than [now] to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them…It [the spotlight] makes such a tremendous difference.”
“So yeah, I guess we wait a couple months and then we can hit the ground running,” she said, with Daheley saying “wedding first”. At that point, Markle laughed, smiled, and had a sweet moment touching Prince Harry’s leg.
Markle’s remarks about #MeToo and Time’s Up are particularly notable as royals generally don’t make political statements and cannot show political affiliation or biases as it’s against protocol. It’s for that reason outlets speculated that Kate Middleton didn’t wear all black to the BAFTAs earlier this month with the other women attendees in support of Time’s Up. Middleton wore a dark green Jenny Packham gown with a black sash—the sash perhaps a little nod to the movement.
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