“In terms of gender equality, which is something I have championed for a long time, I think that conversation can’t happen without men being a part of it,” Meghan, 38, told the youth leaders in attendance, according to the Daily Mail. “So, for this reason, it made complete sense to let him join today, so thank you for letting him crash the party.”
The discussion — organized by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World — covered “how these young leaders are driving meaningful change for empowering women,” according to Buckingham Palace.
The leaders “share[d] achievements and best practices that have helped empower communities to overcome complex challenges and significant obstacles,” the palace added.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the roundtable comes days after Meghan opened up about her “really challenging” life in the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, and weeks after the couple took legal action against the British media over recent coverage of the former actress.
“Especially as a woman, it’s really … it’s a lot,” Meghan told ITV News at Ten’s Tom Bradby in the documentary. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom and trying to be a newlywed … And also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Meghan is “really hoping the critics will give her a break now they’ve been made aware of how the negativity is affecting her,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly on Wednesday, October 23. “She wants the public to know that she’s vulnerable just like everyone else. It’s been an extremely emotional few months having to deal with all the negativity whilst looking after a newborn.”
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