Meghan Markle Speaks About Raising Her Baby as a Feminist and Social Media at International Women’s Day Event

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Meghan Markle has been subjected to negative social media comments, often rooted in racism and/or sexism, since her relationship with Prince Harry first began. In response, Kensington Palace recently announced a list of guidelines for interacting with royal family members online.  

“Our social media accounts have grown considerably over the last few years and now attract thousands of comments every week,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Vogue. “Sadly, the growth also means that our accounts now attract some comments that are highly inappropriate or threatening – most often towards other commentators. We entirely respect criticism, but obviously threats and harassment are not appropriate. These guidelines are being published to set out transparently what is and is not acceptable.”

Social media is still a relatively new development for the British Monarchy. Just like the rest of the world, the royals and their staff are still learning what it means to share a part of their lives with the public and how to combat the hate that sometimes comes along with it.

Kensington Palace doesn’t often make statements about the public treatment of the royal family, so though figuring out the best social media practices is necessary for the palace in this digital age, the harassment must have been pretty severe to prompt such guidelines.

How Meghan Markle deals with the negative online comments

She doesn’t read them. Markle recently spoke at an event for International Women’s Day on a panel that included singer Annie Lennox and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. One of the things she spoke about was how she handles the blatant racist and sexist comments that are aimed at her online.

“It’s our responsibility. We make a choice on what we click on, we make a choice on what we read, we make a choice in what we engage in. That is our personal decision to not feed into negativity, right? To really sort of be more cause-driven and action-based.”

Markle says if she focuses on her work and what she wants to get accomplished, she doesn’t have time to take in all the negative comments.

“I don’t read anything,” the Duchess said with a laugh. “It’s much safer that way. But equally, that’s just my own personal preference. I think positive or negative, it can just all start to sound like noise to a certain extent.”

Meghan Markle’s feminist comments at the International Women’s Day event

Kensington Palace might have shut down the rumors about Markle and Prince Harry raising their baby as gender fluid, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to raise their child as a feminist.

“I’ve actually been joking the past few weeks, I’d seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism.’ I love that. So boy or girl whatever it is we hope that that’s the case,” said Markle

Markle also spoke about the idea that feminism is just a passing fad.

“The idea that there’s a headline that’s saying ‘feminism’ is a trendy word. That’s not helpful either.”

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