Former actress and soon-to-be member of the Royal Family, Meghan Markle has shown her support for the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, suggesting the younger generation of the Royal Family could harness their momentum to “shine a light” on women’s empowerment.
Ms Markle, who appeared on stage with her future husband and in-laws to discuss their charity work, said there was “no better time” to continue to raise the profile of women’s voices, as she referenced the high profile movements against sexual harassment by name.
The American former actress, who will become a member of the Royal Family when she marries Prince Harry on May 19th, said she cannot wait to “hit the ground running” in her official duties, having already spent time meeting with charities behind-the-scenes.
The Prince and Ms Markle undertook their first official speaking engagement with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a forum to discuss their Royal Foundation, the umbrella organisation which coordinates their charity work.
Asked about her work campaigning on gender equality issues and women’s empowerment, she said of the sector: “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.
Referencing global anti-sexual harassment movements MeToo and Time’s Up will be seen as a significant moment for Ms Markle, who has long campaigned for equality issues but is now faced with the restrictions of the Royal Family in avoiding statements that could be construed as political.