From Vanity Fair: ...And promise to prioritize the issue once they start full-time charitable work after their wedding next month.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still busy at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. In what has already been a busy week, the engaged couple spent Wednesday advocating for the rights of L.G.B.T. people around the world. Per People , Markle and Harry spoke with L.G.B.T. young people, and Markle said that these issues are about “basic human rights,” and that it was important to challenge inequality. They also spoke to Australia’s Jacob Thomas, who won the Queen’s Young Leaders award for helping to reduce the suicide rate of L.G.B.T. individuals in Australia. “Miss Markle said, and these were her exact words, ‘This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality,’” he said to journalists there. Thomas added that Harry spoke about the progress that’s been made on L.G.B.T. issues over the past decade, and that the couple promised to keep advocacy for the community at the forefront of their work following their wedding. Royals have historically tended to avoid weighing in on social issues—the Queen and her family do not even vote—but Markle, with a history of speaking her mind, is likely to push that rule. Along with her soon-to-be husband, she has already spoken out on what concerns her, and since her post-engagement interview with Harry she has been clear that she intends to continue her philanthropic work. Markle’s work as an advocate for U.N. Women and women’s rights has already put her on the map as an ally for under-represented communities. As she mentioned in a U.N. speech in 2015 , Markle’s activism began when she was 11 years old. She saw a Procter & Gamble ad that insinuated that only women did work in the kitchen. She wrote letters to powerful female lawmakers and influencers, including Gloria Allred and First Lady Hillary Clinton. P&G changed the ad to a tagline that promoted equality in the home. “I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt,” Markle said. “It just wasn’t right, and something needed to be done.”