Since announcing they were stepping away from their senior royal duties, everybody has been wondering what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will do next workwise. While we already know that they’ve put plans in motion to start their own charity, named after their son Archie and that they’ve been meeting local organisations in LA, it was also recently reported that they’d signed with a public speaking agency.
We have a sneaking suspicion it may well be through the latter that Meghan’s next job has come about – and it’s an exciting one too! It’s just been announced that she’ll be teaming up with none other than Michelle Obama for a summit on gender equality, Girl Up Global Leadership Summit (13 to 15 July).
The Duchess of Sussex – who has long been vocal about her passion for helping to achieve equality – is set to join both Michelle and actress Priyanka Chopra Jones as a guest speaker for the three-day virtual event.
This is far from the first time that Meghan has spoken up about the cause which is so close to her heart either… you may well have seen the video of her as an eleven-year-old challenging a washing up a liquid advert, which suggested only women have to tackle dirty plates.
During her Suits days, Meghan also delivered a powerful speech at the UN Women’s conference in 2015, in which she touched upon the aforementioned TV ad which sparked her interest in levelling the playing field.
“When I was just eleven years old, I unknowingly and somehow accidentally became a female advocate… I had been in school watching a TV show in elementary school, and this commercial came on with the tagline for this dishwashing liquid and the tagline said, ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’ Two boys from my class said, ‘Yeah, that’s where women belong, in the kitchen.’,” she explained.
“It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision – because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now.”
With all this fabulous experience behind her, we’ve no doubt Meghan will knock it out of the park at the Girl Up event. We can’t wait to tune in and hear her speak.
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