Meghan Markle Is Now Partnering With a Company That She Called out for a ‘Sexist’ Ad When She Was Only 11
Not many people call giant corporations out for being sexist as children. And even fewer go on to work with those companies later in life. But then again, not many people are Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Even before Meghan was a Hollywood actress, she was outspoken about the things that mattered to her. Now, as a Duchess, Meghan has partnered with the company she once called out in order to further a cause that she cares about.
Meghan complained about Procter & Gamble
Meghan has revealed in several interviews that when she was 11 a Procter & Gamble commercial irritated her.
The 1993 ad featured a line that said “Mothers around America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
According to Fox Business, On a 2019 panel discussion, Meghan recalled hearing boys in her class saying, “Yeah, that’s where women belong — in the kitchen.”
So, she called on the company to change the line, which they did and replaced “Mothers around America” with “People all over America.”
“Truth be told, at 11 I don’t think I even knew what sexism meant,” she said on the panel. “I just knew that something struck me internally that was telling me it was wrong, and I knew that it was wrong. And using that as my moral compass and moving through from the age of 11, at that age I was able to change this commercial.”
Meghan and Prince Harry are partnering with Procter & Gamble
Meghan doesn’t seem to have any residual hard feelings against the company who ultimately corrected their error. In fact, she and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are partnering with the company.
“Archewell Foundation believes that with community, and through compassionate service to others, we can unleash systemic cultural change,” a statement on the foundation’s website reads. “In service of doing this, and building more compassionate communities, Archewell Foundation announced a multi-year global partnership today with Procter & Gamble. “
The partnership will focus on initiatives that both Meghan and Harry have been outspoken about.
“Based on shared values, the partnership will focus on gender equality, more inclusive online spaces, and resilience and impact through sport,” the statement continued. “It will build on joint aspirations, most recently demonstrated by our work together in support of Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, an event that inspired vaccine confidence worldwide and mobilized more than $300 million in the push for greater global access to COVID-19 vaccines.”
What other partnerships do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have?
Meghan and Harry have been quite busy since they stepped down from their roles as working members of the royal family. They recently acted as Campaign Chairs for Global Citizen’s “VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World” where they led a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise money for COVAX, which is a vaccine-sharing program.
Meghan has also been getting creative in her free time and is about to publish her first children’s book, The Bench, which will be about the bond between father and son as seen through the eyes of a mother.
The pair have also inked deals with Spotify and a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix.