For her final solo appearance, the Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack College in Dagenham, and delivered a powerful speech just before International Women's Day.
Before departing from royal life on March 31st, Archie's parents still have a few final royal obligations to fulfill. Their visit to London this week was a topic of conversation: they attended a surprise marriage proposal at a veteran's reunion, and they received a standing ovation at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, but it was at the Robert Clack College in Dagenham that the Duchess of Sussex made her most noteworthy appearance.
Meghan Markle went to meet secondary school students, to spend some time with them, and gave a speech to celebrate International Women's Day. Her speech, which was meaningful because it echoed her own story, did not go unnoticed, and some even saw it as a slight to Queen Elizabeth.
The former Suits actress, often criticised for her separation from the royal family and for her outspokenness, once again asserted herself in a double-edged speech:
'No matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what color you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right. I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth'
Prince Harry's wife made no secret of her commitment to feminism and education. Since her marriage, she has become a patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.
When she arrived at the school on Friday, March 6th, she first went to meet students who study female poets. 'I’m just so proud of you to be able to witness so much of this activism and energy that you have in this room because it’s how we are going to see the impact in the world that we need,' said the Duchess of Sussex.
Watch the video above to see all the highlights from her appearance!