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Meghan Markle Weighs in on #MeToo and Time's Up

It's rare for a (soon-to-be) member of the Royal Family to speak out publicly about a cultural movement.
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Meghan Markle is no stranger to standing up for women's empowerment—may we remind you that she was urging a dish soap company to change its sexist advertisement at the age of 11?—and today's public engagement is a hint that she plans to use her voice as a member of the Royal Family.

And at today's Royal Foundation Forum, her first official event with her soon-to-be in-laws Will and Kate, Markle spoke out in support of the recent Time's Up and #MeToo movements, which are centered around exposing and combatting sexual harassment across all industries and supporting gender parity in the workplace.

"I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment—you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices," she said. "I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen."

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She continued, specifically calling out the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

"Right now with so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them."

These comments come just a week after the BAFTA awards when Markle's future sister-in-law Duchess Kate received criticism for not wearing black in support of the Time's Up movement.

Members of the Royal Family are only supposed to wear black to funerals and on Remembrance Day. Instead, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark green dress with a black sash, which some took to be a nod to the movement without fully making a public political statement as a royal. Others saw her sartorial choice as a missed opportunity to show support of women's equality, which is not a political issue.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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