During the whirlwind that was her first real tour, Meghan Markle gave a speech about the university that almost everyone could relate to. She spoke at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, on Wednesday, wearing traditional garlands over a pink dress. And in his comments about college, Markle realized what it cost that she was a college student, herself, and what it meant to her as a woman to get a college degree.
Before becoming an actress, Markle attended Northwestern University, where she graduated in 2003 with a double major in theater and international studies. On Wednesday, Markle said of the experience: "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. to all doubts, it was worth all the efforts ".
Everyone should have the opportunity to receive the education they want, but the most important thing is the education they are entitled to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.
Markle added: "When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for everyone around them."
Markle stressed the importance of continuing to expand the scope of opportunities for women. Then he announced the establishment of two new scholarships for female staff at the university.
Markle concluded the speech by saying: "My husband Harry and I wish you the best of luck by continuing your studies and your work." Your efforts will now help make a positive future for each of you and your communities in general. "
As a Duchess born in the United States, Markle has been the topic of conversation since her relationship with Prince Harry was first revealed to her audience. But his first years in particular have been a point of interest.
One of Markle Northwestern's professors, Director of the Theater Department Harvey Young, remembered Markle as a committed student in a drama and history criticism class he taught in 2003. To Northwestern Now, he said,
Being a biracial actress, Meghan had a sophisticated vision and an understanding of what it means to be perceived and treated differently. She was very aware of how people respond to race and was very clear about the need to think about the experiences of people who are not only biracial but also of color.
He added that Markle had a great sense of passion in the field of women's rights in particular. She said: "Meghan was passionate about the theater and had a confidence in herself that could be seen helping her weather the storms of the professional world."
The last time Markle visited Northwestern was in 2014, to promote his program, Costumes. During his visit, he spoke with North by Northwestern about returning to his alma mater. She said: "It's surreal to be back because I have not returned since I graduated and, while I walk, I remember things like the difficulty of getting to the South Campus from the north." He added: "The 24-hour Burger King also definitely helped me put the Freshman Fifteen."
Markle's speech at the University of the South Pacific is his second in terms of the Duchess of Sussex; In September, he gave his first public speech to celebrate the launch of a cookbook in which he collaborated.