REVEALED: How Meghan Markle used overseas tour to set royal feminist agenda

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REVEALED: How Meghan Markle used overseas tour to set royal feminist agenda

Meghan Markle declared “feminism is about fairness” as the Duchess of Sussex used her overseas tour with Prince Harry to set her royal feminist agenda.

Meghan took the opportunity to speak about women’s rights a number of times during the duke and duchess’s Commonwealth tour, which saw them visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand where they completed their final engagements on Wednesday.

The duchess, who announced she is expecting her first child with Harry as the couple landed in Sydney on October 15, spoke passionately in speeches during the 16-day tour.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said feminism is important to Meghan.

The duchess gave a powerful speech about women’s education at the University of the South Pacific Image GETTY
The duchess gave a powerful speech about women’s education at the University of the South Pacific Image GETTY

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “There is no question one phrase will particularly be remembered from her speeches and that is ‘feminism is about fairness’.

“That builds on something that is very close to her heart which is female empowerment and diversity.”

The royal expert added that Meghan is continuing work she started before her royal wedding in May.

He said: “She delivers with confidence because she has frequently spoken publicly before and also with tremendous conviction because it is building on so much of what she was involved in prior to her marriage.”

Meghan said that feminism is about fairness Image GETTY
Meghan said that feminism is about fairness Image GETTY

During the overseas tour, Meghan spoke at a reception at Government House in Wellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
The duchess said: “In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises.

“Because yes – women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”

And the 37-year-old gave a powerful speech about women’s education at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji’s capital Suva.

Meghan said: “Because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.”
It comes after the former actress previously campaigned for women’s rights before she joined the Royal Family.

In 2015, Meghan gave a powerful speech to the United Nations about feminism. She said: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

Meghan was appointed the UN Women’s advocate for women’s political participation and leadership that year.

And when she was just 11, Meghan accused an advert by a washing-up liquid company of being sexist, with young Meghan’s campaign leading to the advert being changed.

Meghan has a “lifelong commitment” to “women’s empowerment”, according to her page on the Royal Family’s official website, suggesting the duchess is likely to continue her work to highlight feminism.

On Thursday as Meghan and Harry returned to the UK, Kensington Palace posted a message from the couple on Instagram, which included a quote from Kate Sheppard, a key campaigner for women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

The message said: “Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis.

“Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.

“‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’ – Kate Sheppard.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK