Meghan Markle voiced her support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns, saying that “women don’t need a voice” but need to “feel empowered to use it.”
“You’ll often hear people saying ‘but you’re helping women find their voices.’ I fundamentally disagree with that,” the 36-year-old actress and soon-to-be member of the British royal family shared during her first joint royal event Wednesday with Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton at a charity event for the Royal Foundation. (SLIDESHOW: 18 Times Meghan Markle Already Looked Like A Royal)
“Because women don’t need to find a voice. They have a voice,” she added. “They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”
“And I think right now in the climate that we’re seeing so many campaigns, #MeToo and Time’s Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included in that,” she continued. “It makes such a tremendous difference.”
Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November. The royal wedding will take place May 19.
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018.
Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/7pgdRM90Na
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 15, 2017