Earlier today, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal tour reached New Zealand and the very first day there was marked by the Duchess’ perfect speech about women’s right to vote. Furthermore, her empowering message on suffrage was delivered at the Government House reception while standing in front of a Queen Elizabeth II portrait. Iconic!
The pregnant royal started by saying that ‘We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country.’
"Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago." — The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/zpFhyPiE8r
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 28, 2018
She went on: ‘The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for the right to vote, and were the very first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired. While looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of the achievement, but also on the larger impact of what it symbolizes…because yes, women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism’s about fairness.’
Meghan argued that ‘Suffrage isn’t just about the right to vote but also what that represents: the basic human right of being able to participate in choices for your own future and that of your community, the involvement, and the voice that allows you to be part of the world that you are a part of.’
As fans of the former actress know, Meghan has been a fighter for women’s rights and gender equality for a long time.
‘So bravo, New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago—for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally. We all deeply thank you,’ Meghan praised the country’s achievement.
Finally, she concluded her perfect speech with a quote from the country’s most well-known suffragette, Kate Sheppard: ‘All that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome.’’