Meghan Markle Is Not the Only Feminist In the Royal Family

Meghan Markle has never been afraid to call herself a feminist. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has accomplished a lot of good work on behalf of women’s rights over the past few years, solidifying herself as one of the royal family’s top feminists. While Meghan will likely continue her work in that field, she is not the only member of the royal family that has been called a feminist over the years.

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Meghan Markle fights for women’s rights

Although Meghan was only an active member of the royal family for two years, she did a lot of work advocating for women’s rights. Last year, for instance, the former Suits star led a conference for International Women’s Day while she was pregnant with Archie Harrison.

While speaking at the conference, Meghan Markle poked fun about how she was aware of the “embryonic kicking of feminism.”

The Duchess of Sussex also did a lot of work with helping women win gainful employment. In 2019, she launched a line of clothing that was meant to provide women with an affordable means to look professional.

With Meghan leading the charge in the new generation of royals, royal watchers might forget that there have been other members of the royal family who carried the feminism banner with pride.

Is Queen Elizabeth a feminist?

For starters, Queen Elizabeth is a major advocate of feminism, though she often keeps her political views close to her chest. After all, Queen Elizabeth rarely speaks out on social issues, at least not in the public sphere.

When Meghan spoke about women’s suffrage during her trip to New Zealand, she did so with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth at her back. This was a subtle reminder that Meghan was operating under Queen Elizabeth’s blessing.

If Queen Elizabeth did not agree with Meghan Markle’s stance on the issues, she probably would not have been allowed to express it.

Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth on the popular series, The Crown, offered a rare insight into Her Majesty’s personal opinions in a recent interview. According to Hello Magazine, Colman revealed that when she met Queen Elizabeth, she immediately fell in love with her, adding that she is “the ultimate feminist.’

“Like a lot of feminists of different eras and temperaments, Diana was intent on transcending expectations and background, with a good dose of wilfulness thrown in,” McElvoy shared.

Princess Diana takes feminism to new levels

Prior to Princess Diana, most of the women in the monarchy operated under Victorian ideals, which severely limited their voice and influence. But that all changed with Diana and her sister-in-law, Sophie Rhys-Jones, came onto the scene.

Anne McElvoy, who is a senior editor at The Economist, called Diana’s legacy a “triumph of feminine strength” and praised her for always breaking expectations.

McElvoy added that Diana – much like Meghan Markle – was never afraid to open up about her personal struggles, no matter how it made her look. This includes discussing her issues with eating disorders, self-harm, and depression.

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For nearly a year, The Countess of Wessex has been supporting the UK's work on #WomenPeaceSecurity. Today Her Royal Highness joined a panel discussion at a joint event @munsecconf to hear from women with first-hand experience countering violent extremism. The Countess spoke about her own experiences meeting brave and inspirational women peace keepers… . “I have spoken with women peace builders active in the most dangerous parts of our world. They are being threatened for daring to engage in dialogue; for daring to care about the lives of children, the sick, the elderly, the vulnerable; for daring to offer young men productive, dignified alternatives to becoming fighters and soldiers; and, for daring to call on leaders to uphold their commitments to inclusive, sustainable peace and security.” . Before asking the panel… “My question, then, is this: What more does the panel think could be done to ensure women peace builders are brought to the table, recognised for their actions and afforded the protection they need and deserve?” . Swipe ⬅️ The Countess also visited the IMMA centre in Munich to learn more about how they support the refugee community and young women and girls who have suffered from domestic violence, sexual abuse and trauma. And earlier this week, Her Royal Highness attended part of a two-day workshop, facilitated by ICAN @whatthewomensay to develop a protection framework for States to ensure the safety and security of women peace builders. #standwithwomenpeacebuilders

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While fans expected Diana to spend her days picking out tiaras and attending ceremonies, McElvoy wrote that she “walked quite literally into minefields, shook hands with AIDS patients, and touched India’s Untouchables.”

The Countess of Wessex also did her part in the feminist movement. Sophie has made appearances in worn-torn areas of the world, including Sierra Leone and Kosovo, and once danced with women from Kenya who were victims of sexual violence.

Meghan Markle is not the only modern-day feminist in the royal family

While Meghan has been leading the charge in modern times, she is not the only royal who has fought for women’s rights in recent years. Princess Eugenie has also been an advocate for feminism and recently joined a slew of celebrities in a new women’s equality movement called Together Band.

Eugenie, Princess of York, appeared in a powerful video that included Jameela Jamil, Donna Air, Halima Aden, and Munroe Bergdorf. Each person in the video was asked about something they regret and something they would like to do for women in the near future.

According to Hello Magazine, Eugenie noted that she would like to see “women and girls come together more” often. She also posted a message on Instagram about the movement, writing about how she is thankful to be a part of the project.

“I’m so proud to be part of #TOGETHERBAND. I chose Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth because I believe that everyone in the world deserves to be free from slavery and that all people have the right to their own future,” she posted.

Considering Meghan’s history, it is probably safe to assume that she completely agrees with what Princess Eugenie represents. Meghan Markle, of course, is set to leave the royal family at the end of the month, but she is expected to continue her work in the charitable world.