Megan Markle has said those three words we’ve all been waiting to hear: “He’s a feminist”.
It’s been barely been two months since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, but seems that the actor is already having a positive impact on the Royal Family.
Markle joining the Windsors has been celebrated as a much-needed modernisation of the monarchy. As one stylist.co.uk writer puts, “one of the institutions most commonly wielded as emblematic of that bizarre concept ‘British values,’ has been infiltrated by a biracial American actress, a self-made woman. Who is also an older divorcee. It’s almost poetic.”
But as well as being praised for these ‘non-traditional’ attributes, fans of the actress have also been keen to shout about her commitment to feminism – something it seems that she has brought out in her soon-to-be husband.
On the 18 January, Markle and Harry made a trip to Cardiff for their third royal visit since becoming engaged and were met with crowds of the British public wishing them well.
Among them was a 23-year-old woman named Jessica Phillips who, upon being approached by Markle, told her what we’ve all been thinking; how much she loves having a feminist in the royal family.
But instead of simply thanking Phillips for her compliment, Markle was keen to champion her fiancé’s feminist credentials too.
In a clip shared on Twitter, Markle can be seen saying, “Thank you. He’s [Prince Harry] a feminist too.”
The Telegraph reported that Phillips later said, ““She was so lovely.
“I said it was really lovely to have a feminist in the royal family, and she said Harry is a feminist too.”
Markle has long championed women’s rights, having worked with organisations like World Vision and travelled to Delhi and Mumbai in India to spend a week with the slum communities, learning about the challenges the women and girls who live there face. She is also a UN women’s advocate and has shown lots of support for the gender equality He For She campaign.
But although Markle is clearly keen to spread further awareness on her partner’s progressive attitudes, this isn’t the first time Harry has made his stance as a feminist known.
The Prince delivered a powerful speech in 2016 alongside Nepali president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, (the first woman to hold the title) expressing his commitment to improving access to education for girls in Nepal, and ending the cycle of child marriage. Citing Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai as positive role models for young women he expressed his desire to support the rights of women all over the world.
With feminism as a mutual interest, we reckon there’s no stopping this couple taking on the world and changing it for the better.
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