Is Becoming A Princess Meghan Markle’s Most Anti-Feminist Decision?

There are many reasons as to why we love Meghan Markle so much. Her huge fanbase more than speaks for itself, and we adore the fact that she not only has such strong beliefs but also that she sticks by them no matter what. Even before Meghan met Prince Harry, she was an advocate for women’s equality, and as we know, she started at a very young age.

As Quartzy reports, the duchess was only 11 years old when she saw a commercial for dishwashing detergent that was primarily aimed toward women. An offended Meghan wrote a letter to the company, asking them why they felt that it was a “woman’s” job to do dishes, and as a result, the wording of the advertisement was revised. Not many people would have taken the initiative to make such a strong move, however, Meghan was adamant about positive change. 

Now that she is officially a “princess” of the United Kingdom — her official royal title is “duchess” but she’s married to a prince! — it may be easier for Meghan to have her voice be heard.

She is still passionate about feminist issues and speaks about those issues frequently. Still, many royal fans may be wondering if marrying a prince is Meghan Markle’s most anti-feminist decision yet?

Meghan’s stance on feminism

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Gender equality has always been extremely important to Meghan, and even after becoming the Duchess of Sussex, she showed no signs of slowing down.

According to Insider, there have been several occasions where she has spoken about the subject, including International Women’s Day, where Meghan participated in a panel for women’s rights and giving a speech about women’s rights to better education.

It is safe to say that Meghan is a true feminist, something that she has always campaigned for, and that will never change no matter where royal life takes her. 

Did Meghan sacrifice her career for marriage?

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When Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, the excitement was felt around the world. The Irish Times reports that feminists like Meghan make choices that empower women, and fans are wondering if she sacrificed her career for marriage. Upon her wedding, Meghan had to retire from acting, close down her lifestyle blog, and refrain from social media as per royal protocol.

The royal family is notoriously conservative, many feminists do not understand her decision at all. Although it is obvious that Meghan and Harry love each other unconditionally and make what can be called the perfect couple, marrying into an aristocratic family is not what feminism is all about.

Is marrying a prince Meghan’s most anti-feminist decision?

It just so happens that Meghan found her perfect match in a prince. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Meghan is the first, as well as the only, outspoken feminist member of the royal family.

As someone who continuously fights for gender equality, just about everything that Meghan does makes a statement — from her bold fashion decisions like wearing pants to royal events to walking halfway down the aisle by herself at the royal wedding. 

When Meghan joined the royal family, she became known for bending the rules and often going against protocol. There is no doubt that becoming a princess has changed her life drastically, yet it may not be an anti-feminist decision.

Meghan is bringing a new, modern viewpoint to the royal family, and although the family members have a long list of rules to follow, she does so in a way that brings empowerment to herself and to others. The Duchess of Sussex doesn’t let anyone or anything change her views on the world, and it makes us adore her more each day.