It has been a turbulent few months for Meghan Markle, but support seems to have come from former first lady, Hillary Clinton, who shared one of the Duchess of Sussex’s quote’s on Instagram last night.
On Thursday, the former presidential candidate posted a simple image quoting one of the Duchess’ empowering messages about women’s voices.
It read: “Women don't need to find a voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”
The Duchess first delivered the powerful line back in February 2018 during a Q&A session discussing women's empowerment at a forum with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The quote share comes following a controversial time for the Duchess of Sussex following her and husband, Prince Harry’s surprise announcement that they were stepping down as ‘senior’ royals.
The move will see the couple relinquish their HRH titles as they prepare to begin their new life in Canada.
While it isn’t known why Clinton opted to share the Duchess’ quote now, no doubt there will be speculation that it is a subtle show of support for the former actress as she steps back from the royal family.
But of course there could be nothing more to it than Clinton choosing to re-quote what is a powerful phrase about listening to women when they do choose to speak up.
If her motive behind the share falls into the former category, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise as it isn’t the first time Clinton has shown her support for Meghan Markle.
In September last year, she shared an Instagram post praising the Duchess for launching the Smart Set capsule collection, a workwear line created in collaboration with Smart Works, for which Meghan is a patron.
“I'm so inspired by how Meghan Markle—aka one half of @sussexroyal—is representing the U.S. in the U.K. and on the world stage,” she wrote.
“Meghan's new project: Helping @SmartWorksCharity equip women who have been out of the workforce with the office essentials they need to feel confident in job interviews and beyond.
“The ability to earn their own paycheck is a key part of women's economic, social, and cultural equality, and it can all start with some smart suits.”
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Clinton also spoke out in support of the Duchess of Sussex back in October describing the way the Duchess of Sussex has been treated as “inexplicable”.
“Oh, but our laws are so different,” Hillary said.
“I do want to say that the way she's been treated is inexplicable.”
The former secretary of state said she believes Meghan's race is “certainly part of it.”
“If the explanation is that she's biracial, then shame on everybody,” she said.
The respect the two women clearly have for each other was also revealed back in November when it was reported that Clinton visited Meghan and baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage.
While Clinton was on a visit to London with her daughter, Chelsea, she headed over to Windsor to meet with the Duchess, who at the time was on a six-week sabbatical from royal duties.
“Both women have a lot of admiration for each other and it was a very sweet, warm meeting,” a source told the Daily Mail, adding: “They are mutual fan girls!”
Long may the mutual fan-girling continue.