Meghan Markle talks about 'taking out the trash' as her first job

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
Harry and Meghan surprised pupils at Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney (PA)

The Duchess of Sussex spoke about her upbringing as she and the Duke visited a school in Sydney on Friday during their royal tour of Australia.

Meghan chatted with pupils at Macarthur Girls High School about their past-time jobs, telling them: “My first job when I was 14, I remember taking out the trash, all sorts. It give you a good work ethic, right?”

The students showed off a number of projects to the royal couple, including making up boxes of supplies for women in need and taking donated supplies to police stations and refuges.

The girls have been taking an “integrated course” on top of their usual studies, to give them “21st century capabilities”, including creativity and critical thinking, with “a core focus on making a change in local communities”.

Meghan, wearing a two-tone Roksanda Illinic ‘Athena’ dress, told the group of 14-year-olds: “You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up.

Meghan and Harry were shown the students’ projects (Getty)

“I went to an all-girls school, which was incredibly diverse as well.

“I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world.

“It’s made you confident, well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up.

“It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.”

Harry told the school students he wants men to add their voices to the fight for equality.

“Men can help as well by getting involved, we have to,” he said. “We need to get men’s voices involved as soon as possible.”

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