Meghan Markle has just reached another important milestone: her first speech on a real tour!
The Duchess of Sussex delivered a strong and inspiring speech to the students and staff of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, on Wednesday. Meghan and Prince Harry were in attendance to observe a cultural performance on the effects of climate change, before meeting with students studying topics from agriculture to the development of women.
While Meghan was confident on the podium, dressed in traditional garlands and a pink Figue dress, she shared her own university experience after giving the traditional greeting: "Bula vinaka!"
"As a graduate of the university, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending college," he began. "From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams that you spend countless nights studying, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni up to the moment you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is a Incredible, impressive and fundamental experience … I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to pay for this level of education for many people around the world, including myself. "
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"It was through scholarships, financial aid and work-study programs that my earnings from a job on campus went directly to my enrollment, that I was able to attend college. And, without a doubt, it was worth all the efforts, "he continued.
"Everyone should have the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly, the education they are entitled to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all those around them. And although progress has been made in many areas throughout the state, there are always possibilities to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women. "
He continued to announce two new grants that support female staff members at the school.
He finished his speech saying: "My husband Harry and I wish you the best of luck as you continue your studies and your work, and your efforts will now help to make a positive future for each of you and your communities in general."
The event comes just a month after she gave her first public address as a member of the royal family while organizing an event at the palace celebrating the special cookbook that she helped create, and did not miss an opportunity either!
Before she became the Duchess of Sussex (and a movie and TV star!), Meghan was a regular college student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She specialized in theater and international relations, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity.
Former Meghan professor Harvey Young, who had her in her "Black Performance Studies" class in the spring of 2003, told the Chicago Sun-Times I was a "respectful" student and thought I had great potential in the industry.
"She reminded me of many of our other very promising alumni, in the sense that she was passionate about the theater and really had a sense of self-confidence that one could imagine would allow her to weather the storms of the professional world," said Young. .