Kensington Palace released Meghan Markle’s official bio Monday on the Royal Family’s website, two days after she tied the knot with Prince Harry in a wedding that was watched by royal observers all over the world. Markle, 36, whose official title is now the Duchess of Sussex, has a long history of charitable and philanthropic work, which the bio details.
The biography also puts Markle’s history as a feminist front and center. One passage mentions her “keen awareness of social issues” and noted that at the tender age of 11 “she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid.” That video was shot in 1993 and showed Markle talking about a Procter & Gamble commercial that declared, “women are fighting greasy pots and pans.” As the 11-year-old Markle said at the time, “I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything. It’s always mom does this, and mom does that … I said, ‘Wait a minute, how could somebody say that?’” She sent the company a letter outlining the problem and Procter & Gamble eventually changed the language used in the commercial.
The bio also noted the speech on gender equality Markle delivered at the U.N. in which famously said, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.” And we’re proud that such conscientious woman now has a global platform to advance the causes near and dear to her. Watch her full U.N. speech from 2015 below.
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