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Meghan Markle voices her support of Time's Up and #MeToo

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Meghan Markle has said she wants royal charity work to focus on empowering women and girls at her first official speaking engagement with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

There are many reasons to love Meghan Markle. Not only is she famed for being a talented actor and passionate advocate for women’s rights, but her presence has given the royal family the modern update it desperately needed.

Since her arrival at Kensington Palace, Markle has wasted no time in making her feminist status known. Earlier this year she proudly told crowds waiting to greet her and Prince Harry that her fiancé is a feminist, and now she’s used her new royal status as a stage to shine a light on equality again. 

Appearing at The Royal Foundation Forum Event alongside not only Prince Harry, but William and Kate too, Markle was asked about her charity work in a public Q&A session.

The events moderator honed in on Markle’s previous support of gender equality issues and women’s empowerment, having spoken at the UN about being an advocate for women, and asked how she planned on continuing this work.

Markle used the moment to highlight the importance of #MeTo and Time’s Up, despite the belief that royals aren’t usually allowed to comment on movements of this kind, hence Kate Middleton’s dark green dress at the BAFTA Film Awards.

Meghan Markle on stage alongside her future in-laws at the Royal Foundation Event.

Responding to the moderator, she said: “You’ll often hear people say, ‘you’re helping women find their voices’.

“I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find a voice: they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.”

“I think right now in the climate we are seeing so many campaigns, I mean Me Too and Time’s Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included in that.

“It makes such a tremendous difference.”

Referencing her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry, she continued, “So I guess we wait a couple of months and then we can get the ground running. We can multitask, that’s fine!”

Although there have been questions over whether Markle’s career will be restricted after becoming part of the royal family, with her social media accounts being deleted last month, she appears to show no signs of slowing down and if anything, has taken up the feminist mantle stronger than ever.

We can’t wait to see what she does next. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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