Meghan Markle bucks royal tradition by 'spending days preparing her speeches'

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
Meghan giving a speech on education in Fiji (PA)

A new documentary has revealed that the Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex is so determined to be a successful royal she’s been putting in extra work behind the scenes.

In an unusual move, the 37-year-old insists on writing her own speeches – unlike other royals.

Speaking on ABC News special ‘Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries’ (which airs Thursday 22 November) royal editor Omid Scobie says that he had noticed that before one of her speeches during the royal tour in Fiji, Meghan was carrying notes with ‘handwritten scribbles’ all over them. 

“I asked a palace aide, ‘has she written this herself?’, as that’s quite unusual for the royals, there’s usually other people,” he recalled.

“This was all her, she’s been up for days working on this speech.”

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The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family usually get help from their advisors and script writers when it comes to preparing their speeches, although Her Majesty does write her own Christmas Speech.

In another move from royal tradition, Meghan touched upon female empowerment and the importance of girls being able to access education during her speeches in Fiji and New Zealand.

Vanity Fair’s Michelle Ruiz told the documentary: “In these times and for this family it is pushing the envelope to give speeches on feminism.

“It’s certainly something the Queen doesn’t do, nor does Kate Middleton do. Meghan is the feminist princess of our dreams.

“And for Americans, we sort of take pride in that, because we say ‘look there’s our American girl over there, shaking up the monarchy.”

The Duchess spoke about women’s equality on the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. 

Meghan speaks about women’s equality in New Zealand (PA)

She said: “Women’s suffrage is not simply about the right to vote for women but also about what that represents.

“​The basic and fundamental human right of all people – including members of society who have been marginalised – whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation – to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.”

Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting their first baby in spring, at the start of their 16-day tour of Australia.

The couple stepped out for the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on Monday night, with Meghan donning monochrome separates by Safiyaa London.

The Duchess also revisited the Hubb Community Kitchen on Wednesday morning, to see how the proceeds from sales of the charity cookbook have allowed the women to renovate the the centre and keep it open for seven days a week.


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