Meghan Markle ‘Moved the Dial’ for British Royal Family in Women’s Day Talk


“You can be feminine and a feminist,” she said. “You can be masculine and understand that your strength includes knowing your vulnerabilities.”

In marriage, “there’s nothing threatening about a woman coming up to the same level,” she said. “I hope that men are part of that conversation. My husband certainly is.”

She also noted that she had been watching a documentary about feminism on Netflix, and had been struck by a comment by a pregnant woman who said she felt “the embryonic kicking of feminism.”

“I loved that,” she said. “So boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that’s the case.”

As a royal bride, Meghan Markle — a divorced, biracial American actress — represented a startling change for the British monarchy.

Raised as a political activist, she likes to remember the campaign she undertook as an 11-year-old, lobbying Procter & Gamble to withdraw an advertisement, for dishwashing liquid, that she thought was sexist. After a career in film and television, she is at ease in the glare of celebrity. Before she began dating Prince Harry, she shared fashion, travel and cooking tips on her lifestyle blog, The Tig.

All this proved jarring for older monarchists, who value the conservative traditions the queen represents, like emotional distance and meticulous political neutrality. And some royals-watchers have already chided her for straying too far into politics by endorsing a campaign by black academics and students to “decolonize the curriculum” and confront racism on university campuses.

“She’s been very vocal in the past, before she got involved with Harry, but she can’t do that anymore,” said Dickie Arbiter, a former media adviser to Prince Charles. “It’s probably extremely difficult for her, having been in that scenario where she could express an opinion. She’s managing it as best she can.”

Source : Nytimes