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The Duchess of Sussex spoke in a new interview about her reaction to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, a 1973 ruling that granted abortion rights in the 50 states. Meghan also outlined how committed she is to gender equality on top of reproduction rights.
And she suggested that she could travel to the US capital in the future to join her friend and feminist Gloria Steinem in campaigning on an issue close to her heart.
In an interview conducted after the Roe v Wade ruling was overturned, Meghan also mentioned her work behind the scenes with Ms Steinem to secure ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
This amendment to the US Constitution has long been supported by activists and would guarantee equal legal rights to all American citizens regardless of gender.
When asked if ERA is an issue she would like to address, Meghan told Vogue, “No question.
Meghan Markle hinted that she could be traveling to Washington DC with Gloria Steinem
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pictured in New York in September 2021
“To be at home, to see what’s happening in our country and to feel energized and motivated, if this is the kind of legislation we need to push through, then this is a moment I’ll absolutely be showing up for.
“Not just because it’s what we need as women, but what we need as human beings.”
Ms Steinem chimed in, adding: “The ERA has been ratified by the required number of states and we should put pressure on the White House and Congress to get it passed.”
To which the Duchess said, “Well, Gloria, maybe it looks like you and I will be traveling to DC together soon.”
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Meghan, who was born and raised in California, left her home state in the 2010s to take part in filming of the procedural TV show Suits.
In 2018, ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry, the Duchess relocated to England to begin life as a working member of the firm.
Meghan returned to California with Harry and their son Archie Harrison in late March 2020, days before the Duke and Duchess officially stepped down as senior members of the royal family.
After spending a few weeks at the Los Angeles home of producer Tyler Perry, the Duke and Duchess moved into a mansion in Santa Barbara’s star-studded Montecito neighborhood.
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Meghan Markle gives a speech in September 2019
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pictured in March 2020
Since Meghan stepped down as working royal, she has spoken out louder on humanitarian and political issues, which full-time employees at the firm are normally forbidden to do.
During an interview with The 19th, held in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd, the Duchess expressed her desire to get involved in campaigning for causes close to her heart in the US, including racial equality.
She said: “From my point of view, seeing this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias is not new, but I think seeing the changes that are being made is really – it’s something I’m excited about, to be a part of it.
“And being a part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to do lately.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in 2018
“Well, yeah, it’s good to be home.”
In the summer of 2020, Meghan spoke out loud in support of voter registration and the importance of voting in this year’s US presidential election.
She attended Michelle Obama’s online event, When We All Vote, where she said people who waived their right to vote were “complicit.”
Meghan also aligned herself with Ms Steinem on voting rights and voter registration, coldly calling Americans to urge them to get out and vote.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
Two years ago, the Duchess and Mrs. Steinem met for the first time for a public conversation, where they also discussed women’s rights.
At the time, Meghan said her husband Prince Harry was also a feminist.
The Duke himself had made a similar statement during a visit to Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, a UK-based women’s charity.
The organization’s CEO, Angela Murphy, told Insider after the royal engagement: “We just had a conversation about equality and Meghan had said that it’s so important that men have our backs because it’s an issue that we’re dealing with we all have to deal with.
“He just turned to her and said, ‘I’m a feminist.’ And she said, ‘Yes, yes’.”