Meghan Markle Holds Nothing Back in Speech Addressing George Floyd’s Murder

Celebrities around the world have spoken out about the brutal murder of George Floyd by police. While the royal family typically stays quiet on such matters, especially those that do not happen in the United Kingdom, Meghan Duchess of Sussex could not stay silent anymore. On June 3, she gave a virtual commencement speech to the graduating class of her alma mater Immaculate Heart High School in LA.

While speaking, she shared her thoughts on Floyd’s death and the state of the country.

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Meghan’s thought’s on George Floyd’s murder

Meghan worried about what she would say to the highschoolers but felt that she couldn’t remain silent.

“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,” the Duchess who recently moved back to the city 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.”

This isn’t Meghan’s first time seeing the country in a state of riots due to police brutality. She was 11 or 12 when the riots caused by the beating of Rodney King went on in LA.

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“I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings, and seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting,” she said.

“I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. I remember pulling up to the house and seeing the tree, that had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away,” Meghan continued. “I am sorry that in a way we have not gotten to the place where you deserve it to be.”

Meghan Markle gives hope for the future

There were some moments of light sprinkled throughout Meghan’s speech. At one point, she encouraged the students to use their voices and vote.

“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.”

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And she left them with hope for the future.

“I know you know that Black Lives Matter,” she said in closing. “I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are ready, we need you and you are prepared. 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.”