HRH THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX MEGHAN MARKLE
Why we love her:
👊 She has gone after what she believes in from the beginning. At age 11, Meghan wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble with a complaint that their commercial specifically called out women as doing the dishes. Her campaign landed her on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (remember her?!) and, amazingly, P&G changed the script to “people” instead of “women”. Meghan has continued to be vocal about the change she wants to see, even through her performance on Suits, where she played Rachel Zane. According to The Irish Times, Markle deftly and "actively re-positioned" her character from innocent to "the show's moral conscience". Dope.
🙌 She’s open about who she is. Long before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan has proudly spoken about her mixed heritage and her drive for equality among all people. A counselor for One Young World, an ambassador for World Vision Canada, an Advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, a supporter of getting rid of the stigma around menstrual health for girls around the world, among other roles, Meghan not only puts in the time to learn about other communities, but shares her vulnerabilities in hopes of creating a more understanding world.
💕She’s serious about making the world a better place for women. In 2014, Meghan founded a lifestyle website, The Tig, focusing on everything from the latest fashions to finding happiness to powerful interviews with A-list women—all with the aim of helping women feel more comfortable in their own skin. Meghan moved on from The Tig in 2017, but hasn’t stopped campaigning for women’s rights around the world. On International Women’s Day in 2015, she said this, which we feel sums up her stance pretty well: “Women make up more than half of the world's population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for OUR voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision making.”
👑 Royals. They’re just like us. Okay, not exactly, but it’s nice to be able to relate to Meghan (and her sister-in-law Kate) in that they grew up, you know, not inside a palace. Meghan was born and raised in California and casually met Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, on a blind date set up by a friend. We also love that they’re the kind of couple that gets engaged while having a quiet night at home, “roasting chicken”. Same. As Americans, it’s wonderful to see some of our own stepping into royal roles and giving them their own flair amid hundreds of years of tradition.
💪 She’s using her unique platform for good. As the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan had to give up a lot: the website she founded, her social media accounts, and her acting career. But she traded those things in for a massive platform as a member of the British royal family. Just this year, she was included in Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. As Meghan said in 2016: “With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I'm lucky enough, to inspire.”
✨✨✨BONUS: Meghan has two adopted dogs—her older pup, Bogart, was a bit too old to make the journey across the Atlantic so he’s now with Meghan’s friends, but Guy, Meghan’s beagle from Kentucky, is now living the royal life in Kensington Palace. Snaps for adopting, not shopping!
How you can show your support
Just last month, Meghan championed the creation of the cookbook “Together: Our Community Cookbook”, showcasing dozens of recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen (Hubb means “love” in Arabic). This group of women came together after the Grenfell Tower fire to prepare fresh food for their community. Profits from the sales of “Together” will support the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping it stay open seven days a week and to widen its reach in the community. The kitchen hopes to continue changing lives and bringing people together through cooking. Buy yours today for some delish recipes and to show your support!
Thanks for hanging out with us today! We’ll leave you with what Meghan said in her final letter to The Tig community:
“...as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.”
We’re not crying, you’re crying.