The Duchess of Sussex has used her voice to champion diversity and representation from a young age and, even after stepping down as a senior royal, has continued to utilise her wide-reaching platform to spotlight the issue.
Meghan Markle has often spoken about the importance of seeing people from all different backgrounds and communities represented. But her thoughts on the issue are reflected in her actions as well as her words. She has held a multitude of roles for charities like UN Women and World Vision and made diversity and representation a feature of her work as a royal and a focus for the Archewell foundation she and Prince Harry created last year.
Below are just some of the times Meghan Markle has opened up about her experiences with and thoughts on race, diversity, and representation.
“I am enough exactly as I am”
In 2015, Markle wrote an op-ed for Elle magazine where she discussed her identity and “finding her voice” as a mixed-race woman. When describing how she would be expected to check her ethnicity as “Other” in a questionnaire, Markle likened it to The Others from the TV drama Lost.
“To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman,” she wrote. “I simply say: ‘Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am’.”
On her mixed-heritage
Taking part in the I Won’t Stand For Racism campaign in 2012, per Entertainment Tonight, Markle…