Meghan Markle delivers speech at One Young World Summit
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The political and women’s rights activist launched a spirited defence of Meghan Markle, who last night returned to the UK with her husband Prince Harry to carry out a series of charitable engagements this week. At the start of 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were relinquishing their roles as working members of the Royal Family, before relocating with their young son Archie Harrison to live in the US.
Their trip to the UK comes days after Meghan’s interview with The Cut magazine, in which she said it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted that she can “say anything”.
The former actress claimed that “just by existing” she and Harry were “upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy” before they stepped down as senior working royals more than two years ago.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has claimed Meghan and husband Prince Harry are “successfully proving” it is possible to “live a life of service” outside the “suffocating confines, antiquated protocols and rigid structures of the royal institution”.
She believes it will be hard for the Royal Family to acknowledge it handled the Duchess of Sussex’s arrival and subsequent departure from the Firm “badly and do better”.
The political and women’s rights activist wrote for the i newspaper: “Harry and Meghan are successfully proving that it is possible to live a life of service outside the suffocating confines, antiquated protocols and rigid structures of the royal institution.
“I rather suspect the Royal Family is part of the “I don’t like Meghan Markle brigade”, which means that it will be hard for it to swallow its pride, acknowledge that it handled Meghan’s arrival – and subsequent departure – badly and do better.
“Instead, I expect so-called ‘Palace sources’ and ‘royal experts’ to be briefing against the couple on this trip.
“Will the Royal Family learn from Harry and Meghan, embrace them and adapt in order to survive? I very much doubt it – but I would be delighted to be proved wrong.”
Dr Shola also claimed that since stepping down from their roles as senior working members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry have in fact have “achieved more global recognition than any other current working royal, with the exception of the Queen”.
She added the couple’s “brand is more powerfully relatable than that of the Royal Family, which is losing public support over the Sussexes”.
The political and women’s rights activist wrote: “In the two years since stepping down as senior royals, Harry and Meghan have achieved more global recognition than any other current working royal, with the exception of the Queen.
“Their brand is more powerfully relatable than that of the Royal Family, which is losing public support over the Sussexes just as it did over its appalling treatment of Princess Diana.
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“Young people, the future of this country, listen to the Sussexes (Meghan’s podcast, Archetypes, went to No 1 in Spotify’s chart in the first week of release).”
On Monday evening, Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance in the UK since returning for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with the Duchess of Sussex giving a keynote address in Manchester for the One Young World summit.
She explained to the 2,000-strong audience how her life had changed when she last joined the summit in London in 2019 – singling out her role as a wife and a mother.
But Meghan failed to make any mention of becoming a senior royal the year before.
The Duchess of Sussex said: “I joined you in London in 2019. And by that point, it’s fair to say, my life had changed rather significantly. I was now married, and I was now a mom.
Speaking about her son Archie, she added: “My world view had expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child.”
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