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Meghan Markle on her feminist baby, and why she's staying away from Twitter

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, arriving at an International Women's Day panel event in London

At a Women’s Day event in London, Meghan Markle says she hopes her “little bump” is already picking up on some feminist vibes

Meghan Markle has never been shy about her feminist beliefs, showing her support for the sisterhood in form of advocacy, outreach work and even her style choices

Her husband Prince Harry has also declared himself a feminist

So, it’s heartening, if not surprising, to hear that the pair will stay true to their principles by raising their child in a similar vein. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ first baby is due this spring.

Appearing at a panel event for International Women’s Day yesterday, Markle said the couple hoped that their “little bump” – whether boy or girl – would be already picking up on some feminist vibes. 

“I’d seen this documentary on Netflix on feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,’” Markle told the audience. 

“I love that. So boy or girl or whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case, our little bump.”

At the same event, Markle revealed that she does not use Twitter or read any coverage about herself in the newspapers; so she is largely unaware of the effect of social media trolling recently flagged by Kensington Palace.

“I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference because I think positive or negative it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days, as opposed to getting muddled with that to focus on the real cause,” she said. 

Although she personally does not use Twitter, the Duchess called for greater awareness in general on social media. “We make a choice on what we click on, we make a choice on what we read, we make a choice in what we engage in,” she said. 

“That is our personal decision to not feed into negativity. To really be more cause-driven and action-based.”

She also denied her interest in feminism was “trendy”, saying: “That doesn’t make any sense to me personally. This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever.”

Markle appeared alongside fellow panellists including singer Annie Lennox and model-activist Adwoa Aboah at the Women’s Day summit, to debate issues facing women around the world right now.

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.