We love her more than ever. On Tuesday, Meghan Markle checked her notes during an impassioned speech about gender equality in education, and the rare move makes the Duchess of Sussex even more relatable. So, while she typically doesn’t rely on notecards, we adore the fact that she wasn’t ashamed to do just that to ensure she really drove home her important message.
In her capacity as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Meghan attended a roundtable discussion on the topic of higher education. “Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin. So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change,” Meghan told the group. “Higher education is such a key element for growth — economic growth, and personal growth and development. When a woman is empowered, it changes absolutely everything in the community.”
Before wrapping up her speech, Meghan temporarily broke the gravitas with which she was speaking to joke, “It’s very exciting today. And I will use a notecard for this because, my goodness, it’s this last bit that I can’t screw up!” She then revealed three gender grants to improve university access for women, along with four new scholarships.
“The goal here is to be able to have gender equality, to be able to support women as they are working in research and higher education roles,” said Meghan. “And also to be able to have workshops, convene things that are really helping people understand the importance of gender equality.”
Meghan’s clear passion for empowering young girls and women has been readily apparent during her royal tour with Prince Harry and baby Archie. On the first day of their royal tour, Meghan and Harry singled out gender-based violence in Africa. She has also made a private visit to the post office where a 19-year-old female Cape Town university student was murdered. And on Thursday, she attended a breakfast meeting with a group of South Africa’s leading women in business in politics to address vital issues affecting women.
All of that while juggling an infant and the scrutiny of the media? We’d say this woman has earned the occasional notecard glance.