She’s a modern, feminist, mixed-race heritage princess; who arrived at Kingston Palace to spread a strong statement.
Megan Markle, feminism, British Royalty
Meghan Markle started her royal career as Duchess of Sussex on May 19, 2018, when she married Prince Harry, the son of the People’s Princess: Lady Di. She found the love of her life and get into the princess life on her 37 years old. At that age, she had already a former career as an actress and blogger. And what could be considered more inspiring, she found her prince in her second marriage.
One of the aspects that makes Meghan a unique representation of a brittish princess is her ethnicity, she was born from a black mother descended from African American enslaved in Georgia, and a white Mexican dad.
She embodies the beauty of the merge of races.
In an article she wrote for ELLE magazine about her identity as a mixed race woman, she established: "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I'm half black and half white ... While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman."
There are phases in life where everything connects. Meghan is living one of them.
Her role as a duchess just fits perfect with her since Meghan has been doing activism since the age of 11, when she wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton -the first lady at that moment- expressing her discomfort after seeing a commercial for a scrubbing soap from Procter & Gamble claiming that women belong to kitchens. Her letter had an impact, and the commercial was edited.
Her commitment to women's empowerment and the protection of animals has taken her to collaborate with important movements during her lifetime. She was part of HeForShe movement, One Young World organization; she served to the United Nations as the Women’s Advocate for Women's Political Participation and Leadership, and she also was the Global Ambassador of World Vision.
With World Vision, Meghan visited India and she noticed how girls in that part of the world left schools because of their period, since there is no awareness and education of menstrual health. Meghan felt engaged with that situation and became part of Myna Mahila Foundation, an Indian organization that fights to break with stigmas that attack against women.
“Imagine a world where the female leaders we revere never achieved their full potential because they dropped out of school at the age of thirteen. In the Western world this is challenging to fathom, but for millions of young women globally, this remains their harsh reality for a staggering reason. From sub-Saharan Africa to India, Iran, and several other countries, the stigma surrounding menstruation and lack of access to proper sanitation directly inhibit young women from pursuing an education.” wrote Markle to Time Magazine for an article she made about the situation on March 8, 2017.
As a blogger, between 2014 and 2017, Meghan founded and directed The Tig blog. She develops a community where she shared and promoted an authentic lifestyle and fashion inspiration. Through her personal experience and interviews with powerful women, her blog was oriented to promote female confidence.
The Tig was a name she took after tasting what she declared her favorite wine: Tignanello. She explained in the “About” section of the blog that when she taste that wine, she understands for the first time why experts say that wines have a body. From that moment on, she identified the moments of realizations as Tig moments; and her blog was mainly about that: moments that provokes a feeling of realization that change perceptions forever.
Even after having all the qualities, requirements and motivation to become a brittish Duchess, Meghan has confronted intensive and invasive loathe from the United Kingdom people.
Meghan and Harry's relationship started been covered by the press in October 2016. On November 8, 2016, Kingston Palace launched a press release demanding abuse and harassment from Brittish press to Meghan.
Despite all the hate, racism, and defamed stories about the current Duchess of Sussex, she and Harry announced their marriage on November 27, 2017. They show how in real life true love could face everything together.
The Royal Wedding took place on May 12, 2018, at St. George’s Chapter, Windsor Castle.
The ceremony was full of symbolism and statements.
She walked alone to the altar with a white Givenchy dress that was as simple as beautiful. Just stunning. Her veil was decorated with the 53 distinctive flowers of the Commonwealth countries, and with the California Poppy, the state flower of California, where she was born and raised.
Between the strongest statements at the wedding, there was that Meghan chose an all-black chorus for the ceremony and a black priest, who became the first black in preaching at St. George Chapter.
The wedding was memorable. She impacted the world with her taste in every detail from the ceremony and her two dresses.
Meghan’s style has always been elegant, simple, modern and distinctive. After becoming a princess, her style has been impacting, since she has maintained her minimalist essence between the elaborate style of Royals.
One of the most recognized quotes from Meghan is: “Women who have understood fashion and style for so long have always known it’s not about having more pieces. It’s about having the right pieces and having the pieces that are of great quality and look like you know what you’re doing. You don’t have to have a million things on.”
At present, Meghan is expecting a baby for late April or beginning May; and she’s also in charge with organizations that fit perfectly with her concerns, aspirations, and past experiences.
“The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organizations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.” reads a tweet posted by Kingston Palace on January 10, 2019.