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Meghan Markle Shares A Powerful Message And A Throwback Video On International Day Of The Girl

by Angela Andaloro

Meghan Markle is oozing girl power in her latest post celebrating International Day of the Girl. The Duchess of Sussex pulled out all the stops, including sharing a video of herself as a child working toward making a difference.

Meghan shared her message for the special occasion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram account. “Every girl has potential. She has promise. She has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and to discover. The right to be exactly who she is,” she narrates. Scenes of young girls she’s encountered in her royal duties are shown. Then the video turns to a speech given by Meghan recently before flashing back to a clip of 11-year-old Meghan encouraging other children to get involved in changing the world.

The powerful but short video is an awesome reminder of how far Meghan has come. Since childhood, making a difference has been important to her, and now she’s living that dream within her royal title.

Meghan Markle has long identified herself as a feminist. She supported organizations that helped empower women long before she joined the royal family. Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan has ramped up work related to female equality and empowerment.

Meghan spent a good portion of the Sussexes’ royal tour of Africa visiting different organizations that help girls and women thrive. On day one, they visited self-defense and women’s empowerment courses provided by Justice Desk.

Later on in the trip, Meghan visited mothers2mothers, which trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers. Meghan donated clothes that Archie, as well as her friends’ children, had outgrown to the charity.

She may be back home in Berkshire, but that doesn’t mean Meghan has taken downtime from spreading her message. She posted a truly moving video in celebration of International Day of the Girl.

“Every girl has potential. She has promise. She has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play, and to discover. The right to be exactly who she is,” Meghan says as scenes of her meeting different girls play.

Following those images is a clip of Meghan from her 2015 speech at the United Nations. There she said, “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision.” Then the video takes a trip back in time to when Meghan was a girl herself.

The clip is of Meghan when she was 11 years old. She appeared on Nickelodeon’s Nick News, discussing sexism in commercials. She wrote to Procter & Gamble and successfully campaigned to change a sexist commercial.

In the clip, Meghan encourages other kids to get involved in making a change. “If you see something that you don’t like or are offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people, and you can really make a difference for not just yourself but a lot of other people,” she said.

“Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding [menstrual hygiene management], forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence,” the caption reads.

“It is also a day to celebrate and encourage girls to know their value and to support them in taking action to grow into the women they wish to be,” it continues. “The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed.”

“No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact. [Her Royal Highness] recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: ‘Visualize your highest self, and show up as her,'” the caption says.

“To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you,” the heartfelt post concludes. You can tell from the time put into this how much these causes mean to Meghan.

During an appearance at an International Women’s Day event for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Meghan said she’d be raising her baby to champion such causes as well.

“It’s funny, I’ve actually been joking in the past few weeks … I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy is, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,'” she laughed. “I loved that, so boy or girl, or whatever it is, we hope that’s the case.”

Seeing Meghan being a vocal and continuous advocate for girls and women across the world is truly inspiring. Knowing that the royal family, which was once one of the most patriarchal institutions in the world, is behind her is a huge step that the rest of the world needs to catch up to.