Meghan Markle gave her first public speech in Britain since she gave up her royal status and flew to the Hollywood Hills more than two years ago.
The Duchess of Sussex delivered the keynote address on Monday at the One Young World Summit, an annual event for young activists to “come together to tackle the greatest challenges facing humanity”.
Her husband, Prince Harry, watched Markle speak about gender equality during the event’s opening ceremony. She opened up about her self-doubt as a ‘Suits girl’ as she attended the same summit in 2014, two years before the tabloids exploded with stories of her and life in love with Harry.
Markle had a starring role in seven seasons of American legal drama “Suits” from 2011 to 2018.
“I was allowed to come in, to take a seat at the table,” Meghan said at the massive Manchester event. “I was so overwhelmed by this experience that I think I even kept my little paper place card with my name on it.”
“Just proof — proof that I was there, proof that I belonged, because the truth was, I wasn’t sure I belonged,” she said.
Markle and Harry traveled to the event from London by train. The couple are said to be staying in Windsor, just half a mile from Prince William and his family, although the royals apparently have no plans to contact the exiled duo.
William fears private conversations between him and his brother will come to the attention of the media, as some have done in previous interviews, according to Harry’s biographer Angela Levin.
Markle and Harry have rarely made trips to the UK since stepping down as senior royals in 2020. They appeared at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June but left before the end celebrations. They also made a brief appearance at a service of thanksgiving.
Their next stop is Germany for an event on Tuesday in the countdown to the Invictus Games 2023. Harry is due to deliver a speech at a charity ceremony in London on Thursday.
With pole wires