- Meghan Markle, the first Duchess of Sussex, was featured on Nick News when she was 11 years old
- Markle, who just married Prince Harry last May 19, made a difference at a young age
- Standing up for gender equality, she wrote a letter to a company to complain about the latter’s commercial
More than 20 years ago, Meghan Markle, the first Duchess of Sussex, was featured on Nick News for making a difference at a very young age.
In a video uploaded by NickSplat on Facebook, it was shown how Markle, who just married Prince Harry last May 19, stood up for gender equality at 11 years old — yes, even before she became a teenager!
“Commercials, they say a lot of things that most people don’t even notice,” she said in an interview when she was 12 years old.
In 1993, Meghan and her classmates watched a commercial which noted, “Women are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
“When I first saw the commercial, I know something has to be done because I was furious. And I said, wait a minute, how could somebody say that? And I think I’ll write a letter…. [How boys in my class said ‘that’s where women belong, in the kitchen’] makes me feel like they’re gonna grow up thinking that girls are less than them; like boys are better than girls,” she said.
She then wrote to the president of Procter & Gamble and asked if the company could change “women” to “people”.
Three months later, her request was granted.
“If you see something that you don’t like or offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference, not just for yourself but for lots of other people,” Markle advised not only to her fellow kids but everyone who notices something that must be changed.
Always an advocate
Markle was a counselor for international charity One Young World;,and even spoke at the 2014 annual summit in Dublin on the topics of gender equality and modern day slavery.
Also in 2014, she traveled to Afghanistan and Spain as part of the United Service Organizations Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Holiday Tour.
In 2016, Markle became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada; traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign.
She also traveled to India before to raise awareness on issues concerning women. Upon returning from India, she penned an op-ed for Time magazine concerning stigmatization of women in regard to menstrual health.
In addition, she has worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality.