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Meghan Markle Shares Her Feminist Childhood Interview to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

At 11 years old, Duchess famously wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, complaining about a sexist ad.
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Meghan Markle is highlighting her own early feminism, in the hopes of inspiring others on International Day of the Girl.

Meghan and Prince Harry celebrated the international holiday with an Instagram video, which features plenty of footage of the Duchess—both from their recent royal tour of southern Africa and from her childhood.

The comment on the accompanying post reminded royal watchers of Meghan's famous television interview, which took place back when she was just 11 years old. "The Duchess of Sussex has been a long-time advocate for women’s and girls' rights, and at the age of eleven, campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed," it read. "No matter what age, or what background [you come from] you have the power to make an impact."

It's true: as a pre-teen, Meghan saw a soap commercial that suggested women were doing all the cleaning, and was inspired to write a letter to Procter & Gamble. Her suggestion, to make the ad about "people" handling dirty dishes rather than "women," was actually implemented by the company—and her success landed her a TV interview.

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[Sound On ????] Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide. Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding MHM, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence. It is also a day to celebrate and encourage girls to know their value and to support them in taking action to grow into the women they wish to be. The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed. No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact. HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: “Visualize your highest self, and show up as her.” • To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you. Video©?SussexRoyal (Images used are from accounts we have followed and PA images)

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As the future royal says, in the portion included in today's Instagram video, "If you see something that you don't like or are offended by, on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people, and you can really make a difference—not just for yourself but for lots of other people."

This just shows that it's hard to argue with the Duchess when it comes to her advocacyshe once made a huge multinational company eat its words.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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