Meghan Markle Says Prince Harry Is a Feminist (and We're Here For It)
This is yet another reason why we're rooting for what might be the most progressive royal couple ever.
If you somehow missed the viral video of Meghan Markle as a young girl petitioning (and convincing) Procter & Gamble to change a commercial that suggested women belong in the kitchen, you might not know that the soon-to-be royal has been fighting for gender equality since she was 11 years old. But it's true! Since then, she's continued to use her voice to advocate for feminism-becoming a UN Women's Advocate in the process and inspiring millions of women around the world. (Related: Meghan Markle Wrote a Powerful Essay About the Exact Moment She Learned She Was "Enough")
Given her background, it would make total sense that the man she's chosen to spend her life with shares similar values. Actually, Markle just confirmed while speaking to a fan named Jessica Phillips that Prince Harry identifies as a feminist himself.
"He's a feminist, too, so there's that," Meghan told Phillips, People reports. "She was so lovely," Phillips recalled afterward. "I said it was really lovely to have a feminist in the royal family, and she said Harry is a feminist, too!"
The fact that Prince Harry is all about equality of the sexes shouldn't come as a total surprise. In fact, he was first referred to as a feminist in 2016 while delivering a speech at the Nepal Girl Summit in Kathmandu-way before movements such as #TimesUp had even begun.
"While the unique challenges faced by girls is not a topic I have spoken much about in the past, I think it's important to acknowledge something that has become obvious to me and is already known to everyone in this room," he said at the time of the summit, according to E! News. "There are way too many obstacles between girls and the opportunities they deserve, whether it's a girl in Lesotho living with HIV; or the talented young woman in Britain who doesn't get taken seriously because of where she grew up; or the 14-year-old girl forced out of school so she can get married here in Nepal. We need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys." (Related: Prince Harry Explains Why Going to Therapy Is So Important)
He continued by noting that for the world to see a change, men have to become a part of the solution. "Change needs to come from the bottom up," he said. "We won't unlock these opportunities for young women and girls unless we can change the mindset of every family and community. To achieve this, it cannot just be women who speak up for girls."