If Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's storybook romance were turned into a fairy tale, it would no doubt be a feminist one. While Markle has made championing women's rights a part of her core identity, ever since the actress was 11 years old and petitioned for Procter & Gamble to change their advertising slogan to become more inclusive, Harry has also put his time towards speaking out for gender equality. So it may not come as a surprise that Harry also identifies as a feminist, according to a fan who briefly chatted with Markle.
When the couple, who have recently been on a promotional run ever since announcing their engagement late last year, visited Cardiff, Wales, the princess in training revealed to a fan that Harry shares her values. “She was so lovely,” 23-year-old Jessica Phillips, who approached Markle outside Cardiff Castle, told People. “I said it was really lovely to have a feminist in the royal family.” Markle's reply? "'He’s a feminist too,' so there’s that."
Indeed, in March of 2016 Prince Harry was tagged as a feminist after he delivered a speech at the Nepal Girl Summit in Kathmandu. "While the unique challenges faced by girls is not a topic I have spoken much about in the past, I think it's important to acknowledge something that has become obvious to me and is already known to everyone in this room," he said at the time, according to E! News. "There are way too many obstacles between girls and the opportunities they deserve, whether it's a girl in Lesotho living with HIV; or the talented young woman in Britain who doesn't get taken seriously because of where she grew up; or the 14 year old girl forced out of school so she can get married here in Nepal; we need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys."
Harry also recognized that in order for gender equality to happen, more men need to advocate on behalf of it. "Change needs to come from the bottom up," he said. "We won't unlock these opportunities for young women and girls unless we can change the mind-set of every family and community. To achieve this, it cannot just be women who speak up for girls." Spoken like the son of Princess of Diana. Consider Prince Harry's feminism one more reason to be rooting for what might be the most progressive royal couple ever.
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