Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kept a relatively low profile in Los Angeles since they officially stepped back from their working royal family roles, and the coronavirus pandemic delayed their plans to formally launch their new non-profit Archewell this spring. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have quietly been planning their next moves to support the Black Lives Matter movement, Harper’s Bazaar reports.
The Duchess gave a powerful virtual commencement speech this week to her Los Angeles high school, Immaculate Heart, imploring its graduates to vote and get involved in the movement. Meghan’s remarks were the first public acknowledgement that anyone in the royal family has made directly about George Floyd’s death and the worldwide protests in support of ending police brutality and racial injustice.
“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you,” she said in her speech. “I wanted to say the right thing. And I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart, and I realised—the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don’t know. Stephon Clark. His life mattered.”
While the speech was Meghan’s most public move, it is not her only. A source close to the Sussexes told Harper’s Bazaar that the Black Lives Matter movement and outrage over George Floyd and countless others’ deaths “is something that is incredibly personal to Meghan, especially given everything she has experienced. And as a couple it is, of course, very important. They are both feeling it, just like the rest of us.”
Omid Scobie reports for Harper’s Bazaar that the couple has been “quietly having meetings behind the scenes with people on all levels to make sure they are educated and connected to the issues of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“Harry and Meghan have been having private conversations with community leaders and people at every level, as well as friends and family, about this issue since the start of recent events,” a source told Scobie for the outlet. “By speaking to as many people and organisations as possible, it has been a way for them to feel connected to everything that’s going on and learn more about the issues surrounding it.”