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Meghan Markle urges women to fight inequality with ‘compassion’

Meghan Markle spoke out about the fight against gender and race inequality while addressing young women around the world at a digital global leadership summit on Tuesday – during which she quoted the Dalai Lama while urging participants to focus on ‘compassion’ instead of ‘anger’. 

The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex joined the event, organized by UN initiative Girl Up, to give a passionate speech about racial and gender injustices the world over – insisting 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. 

Motivation: Meghan Markle urged young women around the world to fight race and gender inequality with ‘compassion’ while addressing the Girl Up Leadership Summit on Tuesday

Exciting: The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex was announced as a keynote speaker at the online event just last week

Exciting: The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex was announced as a keynote speaker at the online event just last week 

‘Those in the halls and corridors in places of power, from lawmakers to world leaders to executives, all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them. They know this,’ Meghan said.  

‘Many of them, at their worst, they don’t listen until they have to,’ she continued. ‘The status quo is easy to excuse and hard to break.’ 

The Duchess of Sussex, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $18 million Los Angeles home with her husband Prince Harry and their baby son Archie, noted that powerful organizations, including government, ‘pull tightest right before snapping’ and she urged the young summit participants to ‘keep challenging’ global leaders. 

‘Make them uncomfortable,’ she insisted. 

However, the former Suits star also noted that any fight for change or social justice should be done with ‘compassion’, insisting that ‘compassion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel anger or outrage’ – but rather than you should ‘broaden’ those emotions into something positive. 

Quoting the Dalai Lama, Meghan continued: ‘I challenge you to broaden that feeling. The Dalai Lama famously said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”‘ 

The duchess also addressed the ‘power’ of social media, noting that it has the potential both to ‘aid’ and ‘impair’ the fight for justice. 

‘Our online role has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm,’ she noted. 

Speaking about dealing with negativity in all forms, Meghan shared her advice for how to handle it, both in person and online, telling the summit participants that they must learn to drown out the ‘noise’ of negative voices and prioritize positivity. 

‘We are not meant to be breaking each other down,’ she said. ‘Build each other up, support each other. 

‘There will always be negative voices. Drown out that noise. Because that’s what it is, it is just noise. Your voices can and should be much louder.’  

Pro: Meghan is now more than used to speaking via meeting software having dialed into several events recently, including an address last month to her former high school

Pro: Meghan is now more than used to speaking via meeting software having dialed into several events recently, including an address last month to her former high school

Working together: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also joined a video call with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust earlier this month

Working together: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also joined a video call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust earlier this month

Meghan then vowed to continue ‘cheering on’ all young women who are leading the fight for social change, while also offering the support of Prince Harry and their son Archie. 

‘I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie,’ she concluded.  

Girl Up, which has the motto ‘uniting girls to change the world’, revealed that the royal was set to appear at its virtual 2020 Global Leadership Summit last week, sharing the news on its social media platforms.

Meghan was a keynote speaker at the online event, which began on July 13 and is set to continue until July 15.

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. 

The post announcing the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance read: ‘The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. ⁠ 

‘Hear from our keynote speaker Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, as she takes the stage at our 2020 Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!’

The campaign group said this year’s summit promises to be ‘unforgettable with interactive virtual workshops, panels with global leaders, and so much more’. 

The Girl Up Global Leadership Summit is part of an initiative started by the UN, which is ‘dedicated to securing equal opportunities for underprivileged adolescent girls in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, Guatemala, and India’. 

Cheerleaders: Meghan told Girl Up summit participants that she will be 'cheering them on' alongside Prince Harry and their son Archie

Cheerleaders: Meghan told Girl Up summit participants that she will be ‘cheering them on’ alongside Prince Harry and their son Archie 

Initially, the leadership summit was due to take place in Washington, D.C., however it was moved to an online format over fears about safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The summit boasts a host of big-name corporate sponsors, including P&G, while the organization itself has partnered with the likes of Google, BNY Mellon, H&M, Intel, and Penguin. 

A spokesperson for Girl Up confirmed to DailyMail.com that speakers are not paid for their time, and all take part in the summit on a volunteer basis.  

However, experts have previously revealed that both Meghan and Prince Harry could stand to earn millions from public speaking engagements in the future – with one agency estimating that the couple could rake in up to $500,000 each from a single appearance. 

In February, a PR expert told DailyMail.com that the couple may have earned ‘up to $1 million’ between them to speak at a star-studded JP Morgan summit in Miami, insisting that the couple will be the ‘highest-paid speakers that exist on the corporate market’.

‘I would not be shocked if they earned in excess of $1 million,’ Ronn Torossian, CEO of New York-based firm 5W Public Relations, said of their JP Morgan engagement. 

‘Over the year their earning power could be unlimited.’  

Meanwhile, GDA Speakers, whose clients include Nicole Kidman and Diane Keaton, told TMZ that the Duke and Duchess will likely attract much higher fees than regular celebrities, even without their HRH titles. 

The majority of big-name celebrities earn between $200,000 and $300,000 for a speaking engagement, however the agency estimates that Harry and Meghan could each earn close to double that amount thanks to their impressive global standing.  

Meghan Markle’s full speech 

It’s such a joy to speak to you today. To young women around the world who aren’t just poised to change the world; but have already begun changing the world. Last month I had the chance to speak to the 2020 class at my high school alma mater, which is an all-girls school in Los Angeles. I said that they shouldn’t see their graduation as an ending, but rather the beginning. The beginning of a journey where they can now harness their work, their values, and skills – all the skills they’ve learned – to rebuild the world around them.

Now, many of you have already spent years embodying—and yes, even enacting—the change you’d like to see in the world. Yet the opportunity that lies ahead for you is the same one that those graduates and millions of young women around the world have as well.

I want to share something with you. It’s that those in the halls and corridors and places of power—from lawmakers to world leaders to executives—all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them. And here’s the thing: They know this.

They know that all of you, at a younger age than any modern comparison, are setting the tone for an equitable humanity. Not figuratively, literally. This is a humanity that desperately needs you. To push it, to push us, forcefully in a more inclusive, more just, and more empathetic direction. And to not only frame the debate, but be in charge of the debate—on racial justice, gender, climate change, mental health and wellbeing, on civic engagement, on public service, on so much more. That’s the work you’re already out there doing.

Girl Up members are organizing Black Lives Matter protests around the world, you are creating films to encourage your peers to become activist leaders, you are reforming the criminal justice system, you are telling your school boards we need more mental health resources for all ages, you are leading coalitions to end gun violence. You are standing up and demanding to be heard, yes, but you’re also demanding to own the conversation.

Another thing about those lawmakers and leaders and executives I mentioned earlier. Now many of them, better or worse, they don’t listen until they have to because the status quo is easy to excuse and it’s hard to break. But it will pull tightest right before snapping.

Women have always historically gotten a lot of, “Well, that isn’t how it’s done” or “Yeah, that’s an idea, but let’s do this instead.”

But when do we hear that as women? We hear that in the moments we challenge the norms.

So if that’s the case, I say to you, keep challenging, keep pushing, make them a little uncomfortable. Because it’s only in that discomfort that we actually create the conditions to reimagine our standards, our policies, and our leadership; to move towards real representation and meaningful influence over the structures of decision-making and power.

Despite what some might say, this reimagining is not a zero-sum game, where one side wins and the other side loses. Not at all. It is mutually beneficial and better for everyone.

Because of that, that path to get there will take all of us: it will take girls and women, it will take men and boys, it will take those that are black and those that are white collectively tackling the inequities and structural problems that we know exist.

I believe we are on the precipice of transformation. We can accelerate the pace of change, and you know what? We don’t have to be satisfied with the current speed of progress. What’s more, I think it’s important to acknowledge the paradox of how this progress is both aided and impaired by our digital space. Your generation is often referred to as the digital natives, and you understand that our online world has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm. But we are not meant to be breaking each other down; we are meant to be building each other up. So use your voice both on-and-offline to do just that—build each other up, support each other. There will always be negative voices and sometimes those voices can appear to be outsized, and sometimes they can appear to be painfully loud. You can and will use your own voices to drown out the noise. Because that’s what it is—just noise. But your voices are those of truth. And hope. And your voices can and should be much louder.

I know that you have already done so much and made so many people’s lives better. The moment we are living through right now asks all of us to do more. It’s a moment where your voices, and your action, have never been more urgently needed. And we can take inspiration from women like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who brought New Zealand together to swiftly and boldly tackle COVID-19, or Maya Moore, the WNBA star who has sat out from professional basketball since 2019 to free a man who served 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. And those are just two examples, as you well know there are so many others.

Believing in true equality is not enough — it’s going to take more than belief, we have to work for it every day; even when it’s hard, even when it makes others feel uneasy. We have to speak up for ourselves and we have to speak out for others who struggle to be heard.

Like them, I know all of you will use your voices courageously. And I also know that all of you will use them compassionately. Compassion doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel anger and outrage when we see blatant injustice all around us—of course we should. But I challenge you to broaden that feeling. The Dalai Lama famously said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” Compassion means seeing the pain and suffering of others and knowing it’s our duty to try to help relieve it.

Continue to believe in yourselves, believe in what makes you unique, and don’t be afraid to do what you know is right even when it’s not popular. Even when it’s never been done before. Even if it scares people. And even if it scares you.

Under normal circumstances, we would have come together in person for this and I wish we could. Yet there is something interesting about each of you being in your own community right now. Because our communities are a drawing board for change. They’re where your values and beliefs can manifested and molded into something tangible.

Look, sometimes it’s not obvious what to do. Often, it’s fear that paralyzes us and stops us from being brave and being bold. But don’t underestimate that you have some of those answers within. Don’t underestimate your ability to push through the fear. You have, rooted in your convictions, the ability to craft a world that you know is just and kind. Your gut will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong; what’s fair and what’s unfair. The hardest part—and it was the hardest part for me—is to chase your convictions with action.

If you look at the breadth of the issues we’re facing right now, it is easy to get overwhelmed, I understand. So be where you are in the moment. The growth and change you’re pursuing might not feel like anything day-to-day, but when you look back, I promise you will see that it all adds up.

We make better communities and a better world for ourselves step-by-step. And the pace of those steps is getting quicker. It’s in looking at the aggregate, looking at the big picture, that you can see how far we’ve progressed.

I am extraordinarily proud of what you’ve already accomplished. Please, continue to honor the conviction and compassion that’s awoken within you.

I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie, as you all continue marching, advocating, and leading the way forward.

‘The LA celebrity hotness is back’! Fans swoon over Meghan Markle’s flowing locks, bare shoulders and glowing skin as she ditches the royal look for good – and ’emerges rebranded and more confident than ever’

  • Fans have praised Meghan Markle’s appearance as ‘flawless’ and remarked on her ‘LA makeover’ following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up,
  • The Duchess of Sussex, 38, appeared via video link as she spoke out about the fight against gender and race inequality while addressing young women
  • Ffollowers quickly flooded Twitter with tweets remarking on her ‘flowing hair, Hollywood glow – comparing relaxed look to her reserved former royal look
  • Body language expert Judi James described the LA native’s appearance as redesigned and rebranded
  • Described her as ‘fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right’

Fans have praised Meghan Markle’s appearance as ‘flawless’ and remarked on her ‘LA makeover’ following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up, which an expert has called her ‘most important one to date’.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, appeared via video link as she spoke out about the fight against gender and race inequality while addressing young women around the world at a digital global leadership summit today. 

And followers quickly flooded Twitter with tweets remarking on her ‘flowing hair, Hollywood glow and bare shoulders’ – comparing Meghan’s relaxed look to her more  reserved former royal look. 

Meanwhile body language expert Judi James described the LA native’s appearance as  redesigned and rebranded, describing her as ‘fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right’.

Fans have praised Meghan Markle's appearance as 'flawless' and remarked on her 'LA makeover' following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up, which an expert has called her 'most important one to date'

Fans have praised Meghan Markle’s appearance as ‘flawless’ and remarked on her ‘LA makeover’ following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up, which an expert has called her ‘most important one to date’

Speaking to FEMAIL, Judi said: ‘This was a very redesigned and rebranded Meghan, with her body language suggesting she has now fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right.

‘Meghan’s gesticulation was more ‘guru’ than Hollywood actress and wife of a prince. 

‘The way her cheeks rounded in a calm smile at the start showed happy confidence to be there addressing her young audience and throughout her speech she avoided showboating or over-congruence, both of which are trait-traps that less experienced and less adept speakers often fall into, using over-exaggeration to try to hammer their messages home. 

‘Instead Meghan spoke with a calm and warm tone, using long blinks and a raised index finger to suggest wisdom and empathy. Her finger pinch gesture flagged up precise thought and a desire to give advice from a place of experience and when she pulled her hands into fists she showed a desire to create change.’

udi James described the LA native's appearance as redesigned and rebranded, describing her as 'fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track' (Meghan is seen with Harry at a final royal engagement in March at Westminster Abbey in a more demure look)

udi James described the LA native’s appearance as redesigned and rebranded, describing her as ‘fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track’ (Meghan is seen with Harry at a final royal engagement in March at Westminster Abbey in a more demure look)

Fans quickly shared their excitement over Meghan's impressive appearance, with one writing: 'Meghan Markle bringing full Los Angeles celebrity hotness for the UN speech

Fans quickly shared their excitement over Meghan’s impressive appearance, with one writing: ‘Meghan Markle bringing full Los Angeles celebrity hotness for the UN speech

She continued: ‘Her eye-gaze commanded the camera and when she told her audience to ‘Chase your convictions with actions’ she coupled it with small but dramatic pauses and the slow, calm blink.

‘This was possibly Meghan’s most important speech to date, alongside the likes of women like Michelle Obama, and it was clear she was more than up to the challenge. 

‘She was at her most confident here and the way she ended with a praying hand clasp pointed at the camera means her message of support should have inspired a whole new audience.’

Another added: 'This girl! She was glowing!', while one said: 'Meghan was amazing!'.

Another added: ‘This girl! She was glowing!’, while one said: ‘Meghan was amazing!’.

Remarking on her speech, another wrote: 'What a powerful and inspiring speech', and one tweeted: 'It's done, I want to listen to her more!'

Remarking on her speech, another wrote: ‘What a powerful and inspiring speech’, and one tweeted: ‘It’s done, I want to listen to her more!’

And fans quickly shared their excitement over Meghan’s impressive appearance, with one writing: ‘Meghan Markle bringing full Los Angeles celebrity hotness for the UN speech. 

‘No more royal hairstyles, covered shoulders or minimal make-up. She is back!’.

Another added: ‘This girl! She was glowing!’, while one said: ‘Meghan was amazing!’.

Remarking on her speech, another wrote: ‘What a powerful and inspiring speech’, and one tweeted: ‘It’s done, I want to listen to her more!’.

Elsewhere one shared a meme of Rihanna wearing a crown, and remarked: ‘She’s just so effortless with it.. my goodness!’. 

Elsewhere one shared a meme of Rihanna wearing a crown, and remarked: 'She's just so effortless with it.. my goodness!'

Elsewhere one shared a meme of Rihanna wearing a crown, and remarked: ‘She’s just so effortless with it.. my goodness!’

Girl Up, which has the motto ‘uniting girls to change the world’, revealed that the royal was set to appear at its virtual 2020 Global Leadership Summit last week, sharing the news on its social media platforms.

Meghan was a keynote speaker at the online event, which began on July 13 and is set to continue until July 15.

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.

The post announcing the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance read: ‘The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. ⁠

‘Hear from our keynote speaker Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, as she takes the stage at our 2020 Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!’

The campaign group said this year’s summit promises to be ‘unforgettable with interactive virtual workshops, panels with global leaders, and so much more’.

The Girl Up Global Leadership Summit is part of an initiative started by the UN, which is ‘dedicated to securing equal opportunities for underprivileged adolescent girls in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, Guatemala, and India’.

A spokesperson for Girl Up confirmed to DailyMail.com that speakers are not paid for their time, and all take part in the summit on a volunteer basis.

Delivering her live speech in a vibrant cobalt blue dress in front of a plain wall at Tyler Perry’s LA mansion, where she is currently staying with Prince Harry, 35, and Archie, 1, 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. 

The former Suits star also noted that any fight for change or social justice should be done with ‘compassion’, insisting that ‘compassion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel anger or outrage’ – but rather than you should ‘broaden’ those emotions into something positive.

Quoting the Dalai Lama, Meghan said that she, her husband and Archie would be cheering change-makers on, as she continued: ‘I challenge you to broaden that feeling. The Dalai Lama famously said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”‘

The duchess also addressed the ‘power’ of social media, noting that it has the potential both to ‘aid’ and ‘impair’ the fight for justice.

‘Our online role has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm,’ she noted.

Speaking about dealing with negativity in all forms, Meghan shared her advice for how to handle it, both in person and online, telling the summit participants that they must learn to drown out the ‘noise’ of negative voices and prioritize positivity.

‘We are not meant to be breaking each other down,’ she said. ‘Build each other up, support each other.

‘There will always be negative voices. Drown out that noise. Because that’s what it is, it is just noise. Your voices can and should be much louder.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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