Meghan Markle praised Prince Harry for embracing his "feminist" side, while gushing that the King is setting a "fine example" for her son Archie by advocating for women's rights so "well".
The 39-year-old sat down for a "backyard chat" with Gloria Steinem and remembered a moment when 35-year-old Harry proudly said to the activist: Do you know that I'm a feminist too, or Gloria ?! It is very important to me that you know that. & # 39;
Meghan shared the sweet story in a written Q&A for women empowerment platform Makers Women, where she and Gloria, 86, discussed a range of topics including voter suppression, women's rights, and the Importance of representation.
Proud: Meghan Markle praised her "feminist" husband Prince Harry when she talked about empowering women during a "backyard chat" with activist Gloria Steinem
Proud: During the conversation, the 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex thanked 35-year-old Harry for setting such a fine example for her one-year-old son Archie
Meghan talked about how her own understanding of feminism has developed over the years and praised Gloria for her inspiration – before citing her husband as the perfect example of a man who is both feminist and "masculine".
Meghan responded to Gloria's argument that it was possible "to be feminist and masculine and a man" by saying, "Like my husband!"
Then she remembered a conversation she and Harry had had with Gloria and said, "I love it when he just walked in, he said," You know I'm a feminist too, right Gloria ?! It is really important to me that you know that. "& # 39;
"But you do," she continued, noting how important it is to her that her one year old son can look up to Prince Harry.
"And I look at our son and what a fine example he can grow up with a father who is so comfortable having this as part of his own self-identification," she said.
I look at our son and what a beautiful example that he is growing up with a father who has it so comfortably as part of his own self-identification (feminism)
"That there is no shame in being someone who stands up for basic human rights for everyone, including women, of course."
And Meghan wasn't the only one to compliment Harry's parenting skills. Gloria described the king as a "caring father" who will see that Archie "grows up knowing that it is okay to love and care".
But while the women finished their chat about Prince Harry, the focus of their conversation was on the importance of voting – especially among women and colored people.
In her introduction to the Q&A, Meghan highlighted a quote from Gloria that struck her the most during their chat: "If you don't vote, you don't exist."
"These words from Gloria Steinem have stayed with me since she spoke them for the first time during this conversation," she wrote. "Throughout our friendship we have spoken about our shared beliefs about women's rights, the need for representation and the very timely discussion about voting."
The mother of one added that she believes "we are voting to honor those who came before us and to protect those who come after us," adding that Gloria is one of the women who she honors when she casts her vote.
While Meghan has not yet voiced her support for any particular candidate, she again made it incredibly clear who she wants to vote for next November and expressed her excitement at seeing a woman of color on the Democratic ticket – Joe Biden's runner-up Kamala Harris – and to explain that the nomination was particularly significant to her because it is biracial.
"I'm so excited to see this kind of display," she said. “You know, for me, when I'm biracial, grew up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you have to see someone who looks like you in some form.
Kudos: In the Q&A, Gloria described Harry as a "caring father" after Meghan recalled a time when Harry proudly said to the activist icon: "I'm a feminist too!"
“As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And if it isn't, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we're starting to break through in other ways. "
Speaking of racism and its impact on voter turnout, Meghan admitted she was incredibly “concerned” about “voter suppression” and revealed that she recently had a conversation with Democratic politician Stacey Abrahms for better understanding how to make sure people dress in color I am not intimidated in the elections.
"We can already see all the different challenges we face," she warned, adding, "For example, if you are a person of color and you are standing in line, maybe for hours and during that time someone is trying to intimidate you around Telling you to get out of line because you may be being monitored or a series of intimidation tactics that are so scary. '
Meghan also touched on the way "digital space shapes our thinking about race" – an idea she explored while reading Algorithms of Suppression by Safiya Noble, a book that examines how search engines like Google "Reinforce Racism". .
“For example, it wasn't that long ago that when you started typing in a search engine, 'why are white women …', it would automatically be filled with words like 'so pretty' or 'so beautiful'," she said said.
Learning: Meghan shared that she read Algorithms of Oppression, a book that examines how search engines like Google amplify racism.
“And then when you type in“ why are black women … ”it automatically starts using words like“ so angry ”or“ so loud. ”You can see our minds being shaped by something so much bigger than that what we actually feel or post there. "
The written Q&A was posted a day after Makers posted a cute behind-the-scenes video of Meghan's & # 39; Backyard Chat & # 39; with Gloria, in which the Duchess of Sussex shamelessly poured over the feminist icon.
Meghan appeared to be overwhelmed with excitement at some points during her intimate conversation with Gloria, who sat down last month to discuss everything from voter suppression to the importance of representation.
In the video, the two women seem to feel completely at ease and lie in wooden deck chairs in a lush setting.
The two were even joined by Meghan's beloved dogs, the black Labrador Pula, and the rescue beagle Guy, who happily wandered into the camera during the conversation, and laid down at the Duchess's feet while she continued chatting with Gloria.
"(The dog) wants to be in front of the camera," joked Gloria, pointing to Pula, who Meghan and Harry adopted together in 2018, shortly after they tied the knot. The Duchess of Sussex rescued Guy the Beagle before meeting Prince Harry and pulled the puppy on his back to London in 2017, leaving her other rescue dog – Bogart – behind.
The black and white clip, captured last month by photographer Matt Sayles, shows the two women sitting in the shade of a large tree with a wooden table between their chairs that appears to be spaced to comply with social distancing regulations.
Meghan definitely looks at home in the picturesque setting, and at some point you see something checking on her phone and slamming on a straw sun hat to complete her chic, all-white look – a far cry from the numerous virtual peaks and peaks Conference calls that she's been doing has been doing for the past few months, all of which see her sit down and star straight at the camera.
She also made no attempt to hide her admiration for Gloria and raved about how "great" it was to chat with the famous feminist.
"Today is a great day, it's a great day for me," Meghan said of the activist, who shared her views on the upcoming elections – and the importance of every single vote – with the Duchess.
Inspiration: During the conversation, Meghan shared her excitement at seeing a woman of color – Kamala Harris – nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for Vice President
"For me, as a biracial, as an adult, be it a doll or a person in office, you have to see someone who looks like you in some form," Meghan said (seen in childhood photos)
She added, "We've talked a lot over the past few weeks. I always think on my goodness – I've looked up to you for so long! It's wonderful to just be in your company, learn so much and feel inspired, to be at home. But also to help people remember why it is so important to vote. "
The pair shared a glimpse into their close relationship, with Meghan recalling the lunchtime dates the two enjoyed together – while also revealing that Gloria had recently given her a gift, a bracelet themed "Linked Without Rank."
In what some people have found on social media to be a barely disguised reference to the hierarchy within the British monarchy, Meghan expressed her love for the concept – that women and voters should stand side by side first and foremost and not struggle to move forward on others .
"I love that," said the Duchess, referring to the jewelry. & # 39; It means everything to me on every level; we are not classified. & # 39;
During the conversation, the mother of one child, who returned to the United States in January with Prince Harry and her son Archie, also expressed her joy of being back in their home country.
“Meg, welcome home, I'm so glad you're home,” Gloria said to the Duchess at the beginning of the clip and asked Meghan to answer: “Thank you. Me too for so many reasons. & # 39;
While Makers Women shared the clip on Instagram, she described the conversation between the two women as "historic backyard chat" and shared some details about what Gloria and Meghan had discussed.
"Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem discuss the representation, why every vote is important and how all women are interconnected and not classified," the headline reads. & # 39; MAKERS has an exclusive look at this historic backyard chat! Questions and answers will come tomorrow. & # 39;
At the beginning of the clip, Meghan makes a passionate statement about women's suffrage, telling Gloria, "People forget how tough women like you and so many others are before they fought to make us where we are "to which the activist replies," If you don't vote, you don't exist … it's the only place we're all the same, in the voting booth. "
The activist, who was one of the best-known figures in the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, continues to focus on young women, explaining to Meghan that it is important for youth to vote because they decide their future – not theirs.
The importance of voting and women's rights are topics that Meghan is very familiar with. She has spoken at length about the importance of the upcoming elections as she becomes more politically active after retiring as a woman Senior Royal.
Just last week, the mother of one child boldly asked women in the United States to vote in the 2020 presidential election. Speaking at an online voter summit, she spoke about the need for “change” and told attendees, “If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. & # 39;
Meghan made her stance on the 2020 presidential race incredibly clear when she reached out to viewers at the When All Women Vote Couch Party – an online event run by the nonprofit When We All Vote founded by "her friend" Michelle Obama.
Meghan appeared as the opening speaker at the summit, expressing her "enthusiasm" for attending, before telling the organization's stakeholders, "We need (your work) now more than ever."
“I'm really excited that you asked me to be a part of it,” began the mother of one, adding, “I think this is an extraordinary time (and I'm) happy to be here for my friend Michelle his Obama's When We All Vote and the start of the When All Women Vote Couch Party. & # 39;
Speaking: Last week, Meghan urged women in the US to vote in the 2020 election and stated at a digital voter summit, "If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem."
Speaking directly to the volunteers and workers hired for the summit, Meghan went on, "It's fair to say we are all very grateful for your work because we really need it now more than ever."
Although the Duchess of Sussex did not nominate the candidate she would like to vote for in the elections, she made it incredibly clear that she believes the current government needs to be changed and warned those attending the summit that “it so much work there is to be done before they cast their votes.
“When I think about voting and why it is so vitally important to all of us, I would put it this way: We are voting to honor those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us because that's what the community is about and that's what this election is all about, "she said.
“We are only 75 days away from election day and that is so close and yet there is so much to do at this time because we all know what this year is about.
If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. If you don't go out and vote, you are complicit. If you are complacent, you are complicit
“I know, I think you all know for sure. And if you are here with us at this fun event, you will be just as mobilized and full of energy to see the change we all need and deserve. & # 39;
The Duchess of Sussex then turned to the 19th Amendment, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. At the same time, she pointed out that women of the same color had to wait decades longer to gain the same right.
“And when we look at things today, even though it has taken decades longer for women of the same color to get the right to vote, we still see so many women in different communities who are marginalized and still struggling to get that right is realized. & # 39; She said. "And that's just not okay."
She continued her speech by blowing up attempts to "suppress the voters" and warning the summit that it is more important than ever to support and motivate one another to keep fighting.
“If we look at the attempts to suppress voters and what that does, it's all the more why each of you must be out there to support each other, to understand that this fight is worth fighting and we all have to be out there to mobilize to have our voices heard, ”said the former suit star.
Meghan then personally called on all voters, especially women, to action to vote in the elections, insisting that "if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem".
"We are obviously facing a lot of problems in our world right now, both physical and digital," she said.
Last Minute Addition: The mother's participation in the online event was only announced on Wednesday, one day before the event
“But we can and must do everything we can to ensure that all women hear their voices because if we are not part of the solution at this point, we are part of the problem.
“If you don't go out and vote, you are complicit. If you are complacent, you are complicit. & # 39;
In the past few weeks, the Duchess has participated in several interviews and summit meetings to become more politically active. She was reportedly “frustrated” with her inability to engage in politics while working as a senior queen.
Earlier this month, she confirmed her plans to vote in the 2020 election while speaking to Marie Claire about the importance of voting.
At the time, the Duchess also shared a poignant quote from New Zealand's most famous suffragist leader Kate Sheppard, which shows that both she and her husband have often referred to Prince Harry (her words) as an inspiration and guide.
"I know what it's like to have a voice and what it's like to feel voiceless," said Meghan.
“I also know that so many men and women risked their lives so that we could be heard.
"And this opportunity, this fundamental right, lies in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to have all of our voices heard."
She then shared a quote from Sheppard – New Zealand's most outspoken suffragist leader whom Meghan previously quoted – stating that it was "one of her favorites" and "one that my husband and I have referred to many times".
Family! Meghan filmed her speech in the same corner of the $ 14.65 million Montecito house where she and Prince Harry appeared during a video call on Monday
"Don't think that your one voice doesn't matter much," the quote begins. "The rain that refreshes the parched ground consists of individual drops."
Meghan concluded, "That's why I agree."
The former suit star's decision to talk about her political plans marks another major break with royal tradition for Meghan. Members of the monarchy are traditionally expected to remain politically neutral and therefore not speak publicly about their opinions.
Meghan, who confirms to the world that she will vote in the presidential election, won't surprise those closest to her – especially after a royal source announced in January that the Duchess of Sussex was aiming to get more politically engaged after she and Prince Harry quit their roles as senior royals earlier this year.
Review: Before Meghan married Harry, she openly expressed her aversion to President Donald Trump and described him in a 2016 interview after his election victory as "misogynist" and "divisive"
At the time, an insider told the Daily Mail that Meghan had become "frustrated" because, as a high-ranking member of the monarchy, she could not be actively involved in politics and wanted to "exploit" her. the freedom to share their opinions with the world.
"The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after she became engaged to Harry," the source said.
"She has strong political opinions and will now use the greater freedom she has to express them publicly."
Meghan did not reveal who she will vote for in the upcoming election. Before marrying Prince Harry, however, she was incredibly open about her dislike of President Donald Trump and branded him "Misogynist" and "divisive" during an interview in 2016, shortly after he won the election.
When Trump made an official state visit to the UK in June 2019, Meghan did not meet with the other royals to meet him – a move some royal sources claimed was her way of showing her disapproval of the president, albeit officially her absence was accused on the fact that she was still on maternity leave.
In November 2019, however, it was announced that Meghan had invited Hillary Clinton to visit her and baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage – the family home in the UK – where the two women are said to have enjoyed a "very warm, sweet" meeting.
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