During her recently published ‘backyard chat’ with women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, the author stated that it’s ‘not mutually exclusive to be a feminist and be feminine’.
The comment prompted Meghan to refer to her husband, noting: ‘Well, you can be a feminist and be masculine and a guy.
‘Like my husband! I love that when he just came in he said, 'You know that I’m a feminist too, right Gloria?! It’s really important to me that you know that".'
Steinhem described Harry’s comment as ‘wonderful’ and Markle continued, noting: ‘But you need that.
‘And I look at our son and what a beautiful example that he gets to grow up with a father who is so comfortable owning that as part of his own self-identification. That there’s no shame in being someone who advocates for fundamental human rights for everyone, which of course includes women.’
The activist said that Harry was a ‘nurturing father’, stating: ‘Your son will grow up knowing it’s OK to be loving and nurturing.’
‘Well said. I know it’ll mean a lot to him when I share that,’ replied the mother-of-one.
On Tuesday, the women’s empowerment platform Makers Women shared a teaser on Twitter of the pair’s discussion, which was filmed last month, during which they covered women’s rights and the importance of voting. The full video will be released later today.
‘Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and @GloriaSteinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women “are linked, not ranked." MAKERS has an exclusive look at that historic backyard chat!’ an excerpt of the post’s caption reads.
Looking poised and comfortable in each other’s presence, the Duchess of Sussex appeared summery, dressed in a simple white T-shirt, Anine Bing Ryan striped herringbone-jacquard straight-leg trousers and a wide-brim summer hat while sitting on a wooden deck chair in a garden. Opposite her sat Steinhem, who dressed in head-to-toe black.
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and @GloriaSteinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women “are linked, not ranked." MAKERS has an exclusive look at that historic backyard chat! 🙌 Q&A to come tomorrow! https://t.co/e0WY2hjTju pic.twitter.com/AExOmNdWIb— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) August 25, 2020
Anine Bing Ryan striped herringbone-jacquard straight-leg pants, approx £225
At the beginning of the chat, Meghan gushed about meeting Steinhem and told her that it was a ‘pretty great day’.
‘Meg, welcome home, I’m so glad that you’re home,’ the journalist told the Duchess, to which Markle responded: ‘Thank you. Me too, for so many reasons.’
At the beginning of the clip, Markle – who has regularly spoken about the importance of women’s voices – opened up about women’s rights, telling the activist: ‘People forget how hard women like you and so many others before you fought for us to be where we are right now.'
‘If you don’t vote you don’t exist,’ replied Steinhem, adding ‘it’s the only place we are all equal, in the voting booth'.
During their discussion, Meghan’s dogs – black Labrador Pula and rescue pup Guy – wandered into the shot and lay down at their owner’s feet. The interruption was fitting as, during a visit to Sussex in 2018, Meghan received a drawing of Guy, discussing dismantling the patriarchy, much to her amusement.
‘[The dog] wants to be on camera,’ Steinhem joked when Pula – who Markle adopted with her husband Harry in 2018 – wandered over to the mother-of-one.
It’s unknown where the interview took place but given the presence of the royal’s dogs, it’s presumed to have been conducted at her former Los Angeles residence before she, Harry and Archie moved to Santa Barbara earlier this month.
The chat comes days after Markle addressed viewers at the When All Women Vote Couch Party – an online event organised by the royal’s friend and former first lady, Michelle Obama – and revealed her excitement over discussing the 2020 presidential race.
“We vote to honor those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us.”— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) August 21, 2020
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, joined our #CouchParty with @samanthabarry, @ValerieJarrett, @YNB, @djdiamondkuts, and @angiemartinez for an inspiring night of strong women ✨👏 pic.twitter.com/p2h7sWcJrB
‘When I think about voting and why this is so exceptionally importance for all of us, I would frame it as: We vote to honour those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us because that’s what community is all about and that’s specifically what this election is all about.’
She continued, urging voters to ‘ensure all women have their voices heard because at this juncture if we aren’t part of the solution we are part of the problem’.
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