The Duchess said she felt compelled to address the impact of his death while speaking to the graduating class of her former Los Angeles high school during a virtual commencement speech on Wednesday evening.
Meghan admitted she was “really nervous” about speaking on the issue, but soon realized that “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”
“George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered,” she told the students of Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles in the six-minute message.
The Duchess, who stepped back with her husband Prince Harry from royal duties in March, also referred to the lives of “so many other people” whose names we do not know.
The riots stemmed from the acquittal of four white Los Angeles Police Department officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King in 1991.
“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,” she said.
“Seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting and I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles.”
Meghan apologized to students for not getting the world “to a place where…