MEGHAN MARKLE has shared a childhood video and unseen Africa footage posted in an inspirational video on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, as she delivered a bold message on ‘International Day of the Girl’.
The Duchess of Sussex has posted an inspirational message to her Instagram followers on ‘International Day of the Girl’. In the video, posted on the Sussex Royal account, Meghan said the day was to “celebrate” and “encourage girls to know their value”. The Duchess of Sussex also shared unseen Africa footage, from her and Prince Harry’s recent trip, as well as a video from her childhood, in the post.
Speaking in the video, Meghan said: “Today is ‘International Day of the Girl’.
“Every girl has potential. She has promise. She has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and the right to discover. The right to be exactly who she is.”
The video then cut to footage of the Duchess of Sussex delivering a speech, in which she said: “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision.”
Once again, the video then cut to older footage, this time of the Duchess of Sussex as a young child.
Meghan Markle shared a post on Instagram (Image INSTAGRAM)
Meghan Markle posted the video on Instagram on Friday morning (Image INSTAGRAM•SUSSEXROYAL)
In the clip, a young Meghan said: “If you see something that you don’t like, or are offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people, and they can really make a difference, for not just for yourself but for lots of other people.”
Meghan finished the video with one final message to her followers, on International Day of the Girl.
She said: “So to each one of you, keep asking questions. Keep pushing forward, keep shining brightly. Know your worth, and know we are behind you, every step of the way.”
During the video, footage from Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry’s, recent trip of Africa, was also shared.
Footage of Prince Harry was shown on the Instagram video (Image INSTAGRAM•SUSSEXROYAL)
A message alongside the Instagram post read: “Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide.
“Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.
It is also a day to celebrate and encourage girls to know their value and to support them in taking action to grow into the women they wish to be.”
The post added: “The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed.
Meghan Markle speaking passionately as a young girl (Image INSTAGRAM•SUSSEXROYAL)
“No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact.
“HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: “Visualise your highest self, and show up as her.”
“To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you.”
The video was viewed over 150,000 times within just 40 minutes of being posted on the social media platform.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship timeline (Image NC)
Social media users were quick to praise the Duchess of Sussex over the footage posted.
One said: “You make us so proud Meghan”.
While another added: “Wonderful video…just beautiful! Happy Day of the Girl day.”
A third said: “Princess Meghan keep up the good work.”
Footage posted on Meghan Markle’s Instagram account (Image INSTAGRAM•SUSSEXROYAL)
The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry spent over a week on their Africa tour, which ended earlier this month.
During their visit, they visited South Africa, Angola, Malawi, and Botswana, but not all together.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex briefly split while Harry went further north to visit Angola and Malawi, and Meghan stayed in South Africa.
Prince Harry signed off the Duke and Duchess’ stay with a final speech in which he outlined his personal resonance with the continent.
He mentioned he felt Africa held him in an “embrace” as he visited, two months following his mother Princess Diana’s tragic death.
The next royal tour will take place next week, undertaken by Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
On October 14, the couple will jet off to Pakistan, where they will take part in as of yet unspecified duties.
They will remain in the country for four days, leaving on October 18.
Pakistani officials have welcomed the upcoming visit, saying it will “strengthen” the country’s bond with the UK.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK