Meghan Markle prepares to issue ‘controversial criticism’ in final break with royal past

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Meghan Markle will “follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama” by taking on more “controversial issues” in the coming weeks. The claim comes from ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship during this week’s Royal Rota round-up. Meghan Markle joined both Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama at the Girl Up’s Woman in Leadership event this week.

Meghan’s own speech won plaudits for her passion on fighting for gender equality and rallying cry for young women to challenge world leaders.

ITV Producer Lizzie Robinson said: “It shows talking to 40,000 young people, on something she really cares about, that she does have this platform now.

“This summit attracted some really big names.

“There was Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Duchess of Sussex. This was no small matter.”

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Ship added: “She has an ability to make people change and use that platform to create an impact.

“You wonder, with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, whether Meghan is going to find her path to speak about more controversial things now she is now longer in the royal family.

“So talk about more openly criticising the current situation in a way she couldn’t before because she was constrained by her position in the royal family.”

During her 10 minute keynote video speech, the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex urged young women to focus on “building each other up”.

She continued: “Those in the halls and corridors and places of power—from lawmakers to world leaders to executives—all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them.

“And here’s the thing: They know this.

“Now many of them, better or worse, they don’t listen until they have to. Because the status quo is easy to excuse and it’s hard to break.

“I say to you, keep challenging, keep pushing, make them a little uncomfortable. Because it’s only in that discomfort that we actually create the conditions to reimagine our standards, our policies, and our leadership.”


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She also brought in her husband Prince Harry and their child Archie at the end, adding: “I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie as you all continue marching, advocating and leading the way forward.”

In an apparent swipe at her royal past, she noted: “Your gut will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong; what’s fair and unfair.

“The hardest part—and it was the hardest part for me—is to chase your convictions with action.”

The Girl’s Up Global Leadership Summit is part of a UN initiative, which seeks “equal opportunities for underprivileged adolescent girls in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, Guatemala, and India.”

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