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Meghan Markle on the Pressure of Royalty: ‘At the End of the Day, We’re All Just Women’

Meghan Markle shared recently with a group of women at a bakery in North London about a few things she’s realized since becoming a royal, and why women helping women is so important. The bakery wasn’t just any establishment offering delicious baked goods, though — Luminary Bakery was celebrating the opening of their second location, and the services they offer extend well beyond rolls and muffins.

As the official Sussex Royal Instagram put it, the event was “a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalization) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed.” Meghan had one-on-one time with many women of the Luminary community and decided she’d share the experience with Bryony Gordon of the Telegraph as she wanted to go on the record about her feelings in connection with the organization.

Generally, members of the royal family don’t speak directly to the press — they can give speeches and appear in public engagements, but it’s not usual protocol to discuss anything with a journalist. But Meghan is okay with doing things a bit differently.

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of @LuminaryBakery as they celebrated the opening of their new location. It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with @luminarybakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as #ForcesForChange in the September issue of @britishvogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. Luminary Bakery – a sustainable grassroots organisation in the heart of London – is a beautiful example of community and uplifting those during hardship for the greater good. If you find yourself in the area, please visit and support the women of @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. Video © SussexRoyal

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“One of the things I have realized since being here [in the U.K.] is that people have an expectation when I’m coming somewhere, so I’m like, ‘Let’s just be really relaxed, keep everyone nice and chilled, because at the end of the day we’re all just women,'” the Duchess told two of the women supported by Luminary. “We all have a story to tell, and I feel honored that I am getting to hear yours.”

Meghan also talked about how difficult it can be to heal in our society, and why Luminary is so important. “I was talking about this with someone the other day,” she said. “We get into this habit of wanting things done immediately nowadays. There’s a culture of instant gratification, of the instant fix. But we aren’t mechanical objects that need to be fixed. You’re a wounded creature that needs to be healed, and that takes time. And that’s what I love about this place. It gives you the support to heal.”

Meghan has struggled in her time as a member of the royal family. But, as Gordon put it, “She lives in the solution, not the problem. She told me that she didn’t want people to love her — she just wanted them to be able to hear her. I have found that this is what the Duchess of Sussex stands for: using her voice to help give one to people less privileged than her.” And what could be more beautiful than that?

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