Meghan Markle is giving ‘punchier’ speeches on race and gender equality because she is not bound by the ‘constraints’ of royal life, according to her biographer
- Royal expert said Meghan Markle, 38, is ‘punchier’ without royal ‘constraints’
- Omid Scobie revealed Duchess of Sussex plans to ‘speak from heart’ in future
- Explained how her recent Girl Up Leadership Summit speech was ‘unscripted’
- Said it was a ‘great preview’ of future speaking engagements for the royal
Meghan Markle is giving ‘punchier’ speeches because she is not adhering to the ‘constraints’ of royal life, her biographer has claimed.
Royal expert Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, explained the Duchess of Sussex, 38, had more freedom to speak ‘from the heart’ on topics including racial injustice and gender equality now that she is living in Los Angeles.
He referred specifically to the Duchess of Sussex’s recent address to the Girl Up Leadership Summit last week, for which she relied on loose bullet points, rather than the structured speech usually given to members of the royal family for public engagement.
Speaking on the Heirpod podcast, he said: ‘This was Meghan really being able to talk without the constraints of some of the things you might have to bear in mind when writing a speech as a working member of the royal family.’
Meghan Markle, 38, is ‘punchier’ without the ‘constraints’ of royal life, a royal expert has claimed (pictured, while speaking at the Girl Up Leadership Summit last week
He continued: ‘I understand she spent a long time preparing for this speech. Usually we see members of the royal family reading from very tight scripts when they go up onto a stage, I understand Meghan had bullet points.’
He said that the royal was ‘perhaps a little punchier than we’ve seen in the past, adding: ‘She spoke more from the heart than from a script.’
The royal expert continued: ‘I had an interesting conversation with Team Sussex after this happened.
‘They said this speech really spoke to many of the issues she will continue to focus on passionately moving forward, gender equity, racial injustice, youth empowerment…
‘This worked a really great preview for the Duchess of Sussex and some of her future speaking engagements.’
Omid Scobie said the Duchess of Sussex would ‘speak from the heart’ in future speeches and is now able to talk ‘without constraints’ which she may have faced as a working royal (pictured, the Duchess launching her Smart Works capsule collection in London)
The Duchess joined the event on Tuesday organized by UN initiative Girl Up, to give a passionate speech about racial and gender injustices.
During the speech, she insisted that young women are the key to global change if they are willing to put aside negativity and focus on ‘building each other up’.
Standing in front of a plain wall while wearing a vibrant blue dress, Meghan told participants that they must challenge world leaders and executives to fight major issues including racial injustice and gender inequality, as well as gun violence, mental health awareness, and the reform of the criminal justice system.
It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Prince Harry and Meghan as they shift the focus of their royal work towards racial equality and social justice.
It comes a month after the news emerged the Duke and Duchess have signed up with the Harry Walker Agency, a high-profile speaking agency
Last month it emerged that Prince Harry and Meghan could earn more than £1million each time they do a speech after signing up with an elite agency.
The Duke and Duchess have joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency, which represents the Obamas and the Clinton and plan to be available for talks on social issues including racial justice, gender equality, the environment and mental health, according to the LA Times.
It is their first career move since leaving the royal family and moving to Los Angeles.
Speaking could prove an extremely lucrative booking for the Duke and Duchess, who vowed to become financially independent from the royal family when they stepped back in January.