Meghan Markle Was Afraid to Give the Graduation Address on Black Lives Matter to Her Former High School
Since moving back to Los Angeles from the U.K. with her husband, Prince Harry and infant son, Archie Harrison, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been laying low. Following Megxit, the Sussexes quietly moved to LA where they have been quarantining and working behind the scenes for the eventual launch of their new brand Archewell.
The pair have only been seen out and about a handful of times, delivering food to the underprivileged for a charity, speaking on zoom calls, and reading to Archie to commemorate his first birthday. Now, amid the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man at the hands of police, the duchess is speaking out.
In a stunning address to the senior class at her former school, Immaculate Heart High School, Meghan appeared via video call to speak to the graduates about the current state of the world and Black Lives Matter. During the address, she also admitted that she was terrified to give the speech.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been supporting Black Lives Matter
Prior to the duchess’ speech, she and Prince Harry voiced their support of Black Lives Matter through the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which they oversee.
“Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world,” they tweeted. “As a global community of young leaders, we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward. Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter.” They also included a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Royals don’t typically get political, but things are certainly changing for the royal family. Their statement continued, “We all have the power to effect positive change. It is time to speak up and speak out. Time to have uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with others. Time to educate ourselves and unlearn. Time to come together and build a better future as one. #TeamQCT.”
Inside Meghan Markle’s graduation address to Immaculate Heart High School
In her thoughtful six-minute speech, Meghan addressed the state of the world, recalled the Rodney King riots when she was growing up in the early ’90s, and detailed why she is hopeful for the future.
“I know you know that Black Lives Matter,” she said. “I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are ready, we need you and you are prepared,” Meghan said. “I’m so proud to call each of you a fellow alumni. I am cheering you on, all along the way. I am exceptionally proud of you.”
She went on to address her hope for the future and the importance of voting. “You’re going to use your voice in a stronger way than you’ve ever been able to, because most of you are 18 – or you’re going to turn 18 soon — so you’re going to vote,” she said. “You’re going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do.”
Meghan Markle was afraid to give her speech on Black Lives Matter
The U.K. press and public certainly haven’t been kind to Meghan, which prompted her and Prince Harry to leave their roles as senior working members of the royal family. Therefore, the duchess was nervous about being picked apart once again.
“What is happening in our country and in our state and in our hometown of L.A. has been absolutely devastating. I wasn’t sure what I could say to you,” she said. “I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart. And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”
The Duchess of Sussex went on to discuss a valuable lesson she was taught. “Always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears,” she revealed a former teacher taught her. “That has stuck with me throughout my entire life and I have thought about it more in the last week than ever before. I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.”