Duchess Meghan hosted an event at the palace for commonwealth universities

You know what would be hilarious? If the Duchess of Sussex’s event numbers were larger than the Duchess of Cambridge’s for the month of March. That probably won’t happen, because of the Cambridges’ Irish struggle-tour, but still… Meghan fit A LOT of stuff into her week-long trip to London. And Kate wasn’t the only one who got to do a solo event at Buckingham Palace too – Meghan apparently hosted a meeting for the Association of Commonwealth Universities at BP. She wore this Scanlan Theodore dress in the Chris Allerton photos – a gamine little black dress with a tie by the neck. Very cute, very Audrey Hepburn. The dress retails for about $650. Meghan invited Omid Scobie to write about the event, which you can read here (I’ll be covering part of that Scobie piece separately). People Magazine also had some good coverage:

Meghan Markle made the most of her last day as a senior working royal in the U.K. Before attending the Commonwealth Service on Monday with her husband Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) — one of her royal patronages.

Meghan, 38, met with a group of Commonwealth and Chevening scholars as well as an ACU Blue Charter Fellow. Members of the group hailed from 11 different Commonwealth countries, including Malawi, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Meghan spoke with academics studying and researching important topics, such as cleaning up plastic pollution in the oceans, building more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth.

As the students split into four groups (climate and the environment, sustainable cities, health innovation and technology), Meghan noted that they all had one thing in common. “Even though the groups are divided, everyone is connected because of this very holistic approach to tackling climate change,” she said. “I love how solution based you all are.”

Timothy Biswick, a University of Leicester research fellow from Malawi, said, “I’m impressed with what she has been saying here. She knows what she’s talking about. It’s not just coming here and listening to us, she knows what she’s talking about in terms of climate change.” He added, “She was talking about things in quite some detail so you know that this person knows what they are talking about and are passionate about it.”

Joanna Newman, Secretary General of the ACU, said: “One of the joys of the duchess being a patron has been her understanding of the value of higher education and her own experience of having been a student on a scholarship, her own experience of being a student doing international studies and also studying abroad for part of her degree.”

Before Meghan entered the room, Newman told the group: “You are all going to have a short period of time with our patron. She’s really interested in the work that we’re doing, she’s incredibly supportive. She is herself a scholar from the university where she got a scholarship, so she understands the importance of scholarships. And she’s been a real champion of the work that universities do.”

[From People]

You coulda had a bad bitch, Britain. You could have had a woman who is comfortable in every setting, who understands how to work a room and work one-on-one. You could have had this bright, beautiful, intelligent woman with a strong work ethic as one of your representatives to the world. Instead, you smeared her and abused her with racism and sexism. What’s always impressed me about Meghan is how EASY she makes it look. Like, of course she’ll spend time with kids one-on-one. Of course she would have read through her briefing papers on what these kids were working on. Of course she wanted to make each one of those students feel like they were important, that they were making a positive difference for the world. It becomes notable because… very few of the royals actually DO that.

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.

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  1. Seraphina says:

    First off, swoon, she looks amaze balls!

    As I read the introduction, I thought: wow how powerful to have your patron understand and know the walk your walking!!!! Yeah Britain and BRF, you really lost a shining star that you could not and will not be able to dim. I love how she is proving her haters wrong.

    A few questions though, one: if they are stepping away, is this the last of her visits or will this continue? And two: TQ allowed the palace to be used???

    • Mara says:

      If Buckingham Palace is anything like my office these events and the event rooms have to be booked months in advance. This was probably in the calender well before Sussexit.

      • Seraphina says:

        Thanks ladies. Yes my office is the same way too but the pettiness of the The Firm maked me question it.

    • Toot says:

      They’ll continue because they’re still a charity she’s working with.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Sussexes never wanted to walk away from all this kind of thing. They just wanted to remove the racist media from being in their faces.

  2. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    Bright and beautiful, willing to put in WORK, warm and welcoming, interested and engaged… it’s like she was tailor-made to update a dusty, fusty old-school world and give it a bit of sparkle, and instead they ran her out of town.
    What the heck Liz?

    • TQ says:

      +1000

      Meghan is sooooo good at this. She does indeed make it look easy.

      • Cali says:

        Agree with you 100%

      • Totally agree all. I listened to a speech coach recently and she said that some people like Meghan just have an unbelievable ability to connect with people. It’s not that Meghan hasn’t put in the work and effort to be prepped and knowledgeable, it’s that she’s also charismatic: like JFK, Obama, Oprah, etc…they just connect and because they’ve also done their homework it looks effortless. Just because Meghan was an actress, she said, it did not necessarily correlate that she would be a good public speaker or leader. She referenced the number of highly respected actors (male and female) who exhibit no ability to engage an audience unless they have rehearsed and have a script. As she said, if you could bottle that kind of charisma and ability to connect with others, you’d make a fortune. Watching Meghan engage and connect on the many videos on SussexRoyal just brings this home. I believe Meghan is going to continue to grow into a powerful voice for good on the world stage.

    • Betsy says:

      +1
      I don’t get it. Although I’m Team “William effed this up and Granny and Charlie went along with it because Willy keeps threatening to leave.” Still. Liz coulda shoulda stepped in and stopped this mess.

      • HufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I wish he would abdicate and let Harry step in. He would never, but man, can you imagine Queen [Meghan]*? She would have those racists dropping like flies from their rages.
        My heart! ❤️❤️❤️

        *I assume she would take another name at coronation, that’s how far I let this little dream play out in my head. 😂

      • PrincessK says:

        Well, with all that is happening in the world right now who knows what scenario the future might throw up?

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        I love this fantasy! How about Rachel Ragland? (By the way, who doesn’t think Ragland is an infinitely more elegant name than Markle? It makes me think of Ragtime. Songs used to be called rags, so ‘Music Land’ is how I interpret the meaning).

        What’s your idea for her hypothetical regnant name?

    • Lise says:

      I know I’m probably super biased to be impressed by her but honestly I watch this video and see how easy she appears to be in every setting and I’m just blown away by her. Since we’re told repeatedly that this family is a FIRM: Imagine how bad you have to be at your JOB to be threatened by a new coworker who is just so effortlessly good at hers…

  3. Scollins says:

    She really does continue to amaze with her intelligence while looking gLoRiOuS at every step.

  4. OriginalLala says:

    Years ago, my mom received a prestigious award from our Governor General (Queen’s rep here in Canada) and before the ceremony, my mom said that the GG had gone to each award recipient backstage, sat with them and spoke to them about their work. She even spoke to my mom in Italian (my mom is an Italian immigrant). My mom was so struck by this – it’s not hard to make people feel seen, heard, and valuable. It’s too bad more royals don’t seem to understand this…

    • pineapple says:

      Um OriginalLala … how AMAZING is that!!!!! Wow. No wonder you are such an intelligent poster. XO I am Canadian and stories like that … they are fantastic. Wow. Just wow.

      • OriginalLala says:

        It was such a cool day! My sweet mama was so proud that this powerful, amazing woman had taken the time to learn about her.

    • Belli says:

      That’s so lovely!

      And exactly what the royals should be doing. It’s not enough to just nod, smile for the cameras and maybe ask a banal question before moving on, not when they’re figureheads. Lord knows they have the time to prepare.

      • So agree Belli —- It might have been enough until about 1950, but it hasn’t been enough in decades. The explosion of the electronic age and access to it all across the world by people from all walks of life has totally changed the expectations to a group like The Firm. Showing up for a photo, cutting a ribbon, or breaking a bottle is no longer enough. To survive and thrive, The Firm needs to actively engage. They must do good not just appear to be good. It’s like if Steve Jobs jettisoned the idea for the iPhone or something. The Firm has just jettisoned two of its best communicators. It is a great setback to evolving the monarchy to be relevant in the 21st century

    • Livvers says:

      Adrienne Clarkson? or Michaelle Jean? Both were really good in the role, but I always had a soft spot for AC because she loves LM Montgomery’s Anne books so much.

      • OriginalLala says:

        Michaelle Jean :)

        I’m also a huge LM Montgomery fan!

      • Livvers says:

        Oh, yeah that makes sense! I like AC but I wonder if there’s a reason that when parody show Double Exposure (CBC radio, 1990s) used to include her in a skit, her sign-off was “I’m Adrienne Clarkson, and you’re not.”

      • Charfromdarock says:

        Ahhh, Michael Jean is lovely. I was lucky enough to be at an event with her and she was very Meghanesque. She was well briefed and very personable with everyone.

        Congratulations to your Mom, Originallaka!

    • HK9 says:

      That’s really nice to know. You see these awards and you don’t know how much work goes into them, but the way your mother was received is something to be remembered.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I used to work at the Royal Reception Rooms in Copenhagen, Denmark – and once a month Queen Margrethe would hold audience for people who had received various orders and awards. I was always struck by how happy people were after having met her – she met people one on one (for about 5-10 minutes each) and she had done her homework on each and every person (and it could be a lot of people). She made them all feel very welcomed and special.

      • What. . .now? says:

        This is very cool that the Queen would put in the work. It’s a testament to how much better at “Queening” she is than perhaps QEII. It nice to learn that not all of the monarchy are insufferable old coots.

      • Everything I have read about Queen Margrethe makes me think of her as a pretty aware person. Admittedly, I don’t know much about her so I could be wrong. Isn’t she a contemporary of QE II? Thanks for the behind-the-scenes glimpse ArtHistorian. So different from British protocol where one is told not to speak unless the Queen speaks first. I guess one must be seen to be in awe.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        QEII turns 80 next month, so she’s a bit younger than Ole’ Brenda. Now that Denmark is in lock-down due to Corona virus, she’s cancelled all the celebrations – so no tiara watching.

        QMII is very good a queening – and she is very well-respected. I have never ever in my 43 years been to a New Year’s Party that didn’t start with people watching the Queen’s Speech – and she’s not afraid to deliver a reprimand if she feels it is warranted, like she did this New Year’s when she spoke against the rising antisemitism.

        She’s an interesting person, an artist – and she isn’t such a remote character like her British counterpart. She has appeared in documentaries several times – about the royal palaces, and one about her father (and mother) as well as one about royal jewels. She shows off a lot of her personality in these programs, like referring to herself as “Aunty Queen” or taking a turn on the swings in the palace gardens, etc.

        She loves the ballet – and I’ve actually seen her many times in the theater.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’m sad about the cancellation of her birthday celebrations, even though I recognize they had to be cancelled.

        She is the most interesting monarch of her generation. I’ve been able to watch a few of those documentaries on YT with subtitles. Her interviews with a UK outlet (BBC?) a few years ago were good too.

    • Nikki* says:

      Loved your post, Lala. Very interesting!

    • Chrissy says:

      Congrats to you mom for getting an award from our GG. Such a wonderful achievement.

    • Jay says:

      Whoa, congrats to your mom!

      The Governor General is actually a great comparison for the kind of role I think Meghan and Harry could have played for the royal family – ceremonial, yes, but able to bridge the gap more because they wouldn’t have been restricted by the throne and able to draw attention to worthy accomplishments.

      Also, not for nothing, both Clarkson and Jean brought their experience of having immigrated here and being women of colour.

  5. OH NO says:

    Good, Omid should get all the exclusives.

    And she really is a prime example of, ‘I would wish you the best but I already left.’

    I hope they prosper like there is no tomorrow!

    Let those ‘royal’ Skeksis wither and fade, girl!

    • Nana says:

      He seems to have alot of anti-Meghan trolls/bots harrassing him at his every twitter post. Implying he doesn’t report on Will and Kate enough and criticising him for reporting on Meghan and Harry. I’m surprised he doesn’t block and report them…

      • OH NO says:

        He’s so much nicer about it than I could ever be. But I’m also sure he gets some satisfaction watching people defend him, lol.

        The fauxs/Keens may have buttons, under eyeliner, and coat dresses…but quick wit is something they do not possess and some of those replies are hysterical

  6. BUBS says:

    First off, let me just say I’m here for Mariam Makeba’s “pata pata” playing on the Sussexroyal IG post. Meghan’s knowledge of her subject matter never ceases to amaze me. She always comes prepared. Her patronages must be grateful they have her. She’s an asset…and that’s why her light will never be dimmed.
    PS: Kaiser, those ‘kids’ are masters and PhD scholars though…you make it sound like they are teenagers…lol

    • Abena Asantewaa says:

      @Bubs, same here, I really enjoyed the Miriam Makeba: Pata Pata!

      • BUBS says:

        @Abena, thanks for pointing out the correct first name – Miriam, not Mariam. Pata Pata is forever green and I love how Makeba’s Xhosa intonations come through strongly. Great woman…beautiful song. Glad you love it as much as I do.

    • Crowned Huntress says:

      When I heard Pata Pata I screamed with delight. Meghan and the team are so thoughtful and engaging! I hope their social media takes it to the next level going forward.

    • Kea says:

      Really??? As a South African, I’m heading over there!!

    • Thanks Bubs for identifying that song as Miriam Makeba. I’m headed over to iTunes now. 💃🏻

  7. Belli says:

    She cares. She does her research. We saw that early on when she visited Reprezent Radio with Harry before their wedding and the people there were so happy she knew all about them. And still she’s doing it now, on her way out.

    Like you say, it’s notable because so few royals do it. She didn’t just show up for the photos, she knew what she was talking about. And then you have Billy on the other hand boasting about not reading his briefing notes.

    I’m not surprised it was a very emotional event, I got a bit misty reading the articles!

    • Dee says:

      Will’s “joke” about having not read the briefing notes speaks volumes about his character. If people are going all out with preparations for your visit and you can’t care enough to spend a few minutes finding out what they’re all about, then you’re a garbage human being.

  8. Becks1 says:

    She looks amazing. This really is the tour where she shows the royal family what they’re missing.

    My husband and I started watching the Vice documentary last night – its a little heavy on the graphics and such, but was pretty good and it was interesting to hear people say out loud what we have been saying for a while (we started it at 1040 to get our minds off Tom hanks and coronavirus and that was a mistake, we usually go to bed at 10 so at 11:15 we had to stop lol and I’ll finish it today.)

    anyway – I said to my husband when reading about this ACU event – part of what makes people like Meghan is that she lived a real life. Yes, she was an actress and her dad won an Emmy etc – but she had a scholarship to college. She found work to pay the bills when she wasn’t acting, etc. She doesn’t come from this immense privilege that the royals do, and she didn’t have the luxury Kate had to just…not work for a decade. it makes her more interesting and also makes people relate to her more. That’s a huge thing that they have lost.

  9. pineapple says:

    She just is the epitome of “Royal”. The Grace, the intelligence, the caring. And as I have said before, my gosh, she rises above beautifully.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      I agree. Meghan is the whole package. She carries herself with such elegance and dignity at all times, all the while making everyone she meets feel seen.

  10. Imogene says:

    She is just such a high quality person. This video and write-up brought tears to my eyes as a former teacher – she can just work a room, inspire people, and make the world better. The BRF really messed up here but I can totally understand why they didn’t want her around. She makes all of them look like the beige, stuffy, dullards they are. She truly makes Kate look so banal (just by default) and that is why they are so threatened.

    And what else is amazing is that the Royal men generally do not want wives that sparkle (Prince Charles, William) but Harry just loves that he’s got a special and charismatic woman and I think a lot of why they left is that he wasn’t going to let his musty family dim her sparkle. Tells you what kind of man he is, too.

    • pineapple says:

      Yes, Imogene, ” a high quality person”. That’s it! And in all honesty, people are always jealous of “high quality people” if they feel threatened by them in any way. It is very human. I think we all wish The British Royal Family had have been smarter and kinder. You WANT the high quality people in your organization as workers and role models. XO

      • HK9 says:

        That’s the problem. None of them are smart. Not the Queen, not Charles and Camilla or Will and Kate. As for Kate, only a FOOL would seen to be rude in public at church to be replayed on the internet for all time. The courtiers with their commitment to ineptitude will never know how badly they screwed this up. It’s so obvious and it’s painful to watch.

    • Plus 1, Imogene. A big +1

  11. ChillyWilly says:

    She is so good at this Duchess stuff. The Royal Family really did miss out on a good thing.

    • Belli says:

      Thing is, if someone can come from outside the traditional fold and do the royal thing so well, what makes the royal family special? Why should we bother to keep them and pay for them if a feminist biracial American divorcee is so much better at it than them?

      • Imogene says:

        yes, Belli. Inquiring minds want to know. That is probably the crux of why they couldn’t handle her. People of color aren’t supposed to be “better” at white people than things and especially not the Royal family.

      • Chrissy says:

        Meghan inadvertently showed the world how the BRF is the epitome of mediocrity. She threatens their accepting complacency as the norm and then made them look bad because they only show superficial interest when doing their “work”. She’s always prepared, asks questions and generally sees the big picture to inspire others. I can only think of a few Royals who have done that. Charles did it with the Prince’s Trust, Harry does with his work with disabled Veterans, Invictus Games and Sentabale and Diana did it with her working with HIV patients and Landmines etc. The establishment doesn’t seem to inspire anything except tradition and Meghan came in and threatened the status quo and made others look like they’re just going through the motions in order to justify the Sovereign Grant. Especially, the lazy and uninspired Cambridges, eg Kate’s pathetic survey.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Because of centuries of entitlement and belief that you are “more than” anyone else.

      • me says:

        They are there because they were entitled not because they were good at philanthropy. Not so long ago they were in the business of ruling things, making wars, cutting heads, leisure living etc. Royals as charitable servants for common people is certainly a modern concept. Of course a smart woman and decent actress with strong new age/liberal mind set would be better at it.

  12. S808 says:

    She looks amazing! Her effort she puts into really knowing the charities she champions is amazing. She doesn’t just attach her name to it, she deep dives and learns what she can. It‘s probably part of the reason she had to go.

    • Betsy says:

      Not really the reason she had to go – Charles and Anne, by all accounts, are also very committed to their work. It’s literally William and Kate who have to pull up their sleeve and check the note they wrote on their arm before they’re able to remember the name of the charity they’re at.

      • Betsy — The difference between Charles and Anne and Meghan —- and why she had to go — is Meghan’s unexpected and unwelcome worldwide charisma. The Queen has no problem with hard work in support of her rule, but pulling focus (no matter how unintentional) is never going to be accepted or allowed. Charles and Anne work hard and support great causes but they have never pulled the focus from the monarch (neither is charismatic). Just look at what happened when Diana entered The Firm and the God of Charisma struck her with a thunderbolt.

  13. Harper says:

    She looks amazing here … the hair, the dress. In a week of stand-out looks, this is really one of my favorites. I notice that in one of the clips she actually makes the scholars break out into laughter. Real laughter, without a maniacal smile or laughing like a hyena. Sigh. I’m glad she’s back at home now, cuddling her baby.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      I would love to know what she said that made them all break into such joyous laughter. I have said it in other posts, she has demonstrated a fun sense of humor since she was a child in her home videos. The bubbly nature is not fake. It has always been there.

      Beauty and brains and charisma and personality and empathy are all on highest levels of sparkle here. I hope we can continue to see all of this on display as she and Harry continue on with their work independently.

      I have to say, I do really love her hair and makeup and clothes here. She slays with that in the way Diana did. Add in all of the substance and expertise that she brings to the table and you can’t help but feel that the BRF shot themselves in the foot immensely.

      Apparently, they never heard that a rising tide lifts all boats. There are some among them doing good work and doing it well. But they are dull and dusty in the way they go about it. Meghan and Harry brought some attention back onto the entire BRF. And they squandered it.

      William and Kate especially sabotaged themselves. The false inflation of their worth will last only until it no longer serves the purposes of the British media and they again start seeking wealth in scandal instead.

      William and Kate need to learn it is jealousy and their own disengagement that will dim their glow, not Meghan and Harry’s radiance.

      • windyriver says:

        “…a rising tide lifts all boats.” Yes! Is there no one in that organization with an ounce of PR savvy, or did multiple inflated egos just run roughshod over any intelligent advice?

        That last paragraph is perfect. I said something similar elsewhere, but you did a much better job!

      • Love the “rising tide analogy Guest with Cat. Very well said.

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    They really nailed it with their ‘farewell to royal duties’ tour – they showed the UK, the media and the RF what they are throwing away to appease Cain and Unable. If anyone was in any doubt about WHO has been behind the smear campaign against Meghan (and Harry) the cold as ice atmosphere on Monday in a CHURCH should have convinced you all. Sussexit was driven by the Cambridges and Kate (and her family) is just as complicit in driving that just as much as William.

    I look forward to see what they can do on the world stage now that they are free!!! I think next year we’ll see TQ and Chuck trying to woo them back into the royal fold – they KNOW what they are loosing. Appeasing Cain and Unable has a price – as for those 2 I hope the 30 pieces of silver they took from the UK tabloids to hide their secrets is worth it as they WILL turn on them at some point, regardless of them being in the direct line to the throne. The moment the Cambridges stop playing ball with them, the press will start hinting at their misdemeanours and secrets.

  15. Sofia says:

    I cannot believe the BRF drove a hard working woman out who ACTUALLY likes to do the work instead of seeing it as a chore they have to do before they can do the things they really want to do like staying at home and doing nothing.

    I don’t even understand the point of being insanely jealous. The top job IS William and Kate’s. There’s a maximum of 10 years before they’re both PPoW and perhaps 20 before they are King and Queen Consort. Popularity doesn’t matter.

    • Dara says:

      Ooohh, your comment actually made me think of an interesting wrinkle in the classic upper class vs. middle class debate. The royals bang on endlessly about public service being an obligation to their position, and I wonder if they somehow see it as beneath their station to want to work. They pack their schedules with aristocratic pursuits – horses, gardening, the arts, house parties, etc. But none of that is proper work. Is it incomprehensible to them that people actually work because they enjoy it, not because they need to earn money to live? Do they see a work ethic as pathetically middle class? Could that be part of the reason why Meghan never really fit in?

  16. Bella says:

    I read the three articles covering this and felt so sad and so angry.

    She was just perfect for the role and carried it out flawlessly. The RF and our Magat-, racist- and bot-fuelled tabloids ruined what could have been an extraordinary chapter in our history.

  17. Wilma says:

    At a time when there is so much negativity in the world, we have this amazingly beautiful, caring, capable woman (supported by her amazing husband) here to inspire us all. Who cares about the royals – I’ve personally committed to never clicking on another Kate (or other royal) article again. But Meghan and Harry – more please!

    Loved her style this past week – she is stunning.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I will click and read stories about the BRF because I really want to see them struggle with the problems they created for themselves.

      Now the Meghan & Harry have left the BRF, The Daily Fail will start a countdown (as an excuse to run click bait stories that generate 4K comments in 2 hours) predicting the outcome of the annual review. The Fail will never leave them alone and in peace.

  18. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She looked amazing. Even in her final days as a senior royal she was STILL making Kate & Will look lazy AF.

  19. Nev says:

    Bad bitch indeed.

  20. Flying fish says:

    Meghan and Harry, Good luck in everything you do and I’ll be watching.

  21. KellyRyan says:

    Leader’s Lead. Meghan is knowledgeable, concerned, engaged, willing to learn, add to the flow of humanity.

    Kate lives in a world of subjugation and social climbing.

  22. Alexandria says:

    I swear when she married Harry I expected her to be good, but not this good! And she looks fabulous here. What she wears or how her makeup is done is always secondary to what she has done. One of my role models now. Such a good speaker too, this is not easy to achieve. You need to work at it. And not all actors can do speeches. Her mother must be so proud. As a woman I’m so proud of you Meghan!

  23. heygingersnaps says:

    From Harpers Bazaar – “As she talks with the students, it becomes clear that she’s already done her research on why each guest was invited. It’s inspiring to seeing someone so prepared for these types of engagements, as opposed to just showing up for the photographs. ”

    From the Secretary General of the ACU Joanna Newman “She calls Meghan a powerful spokesperson, recalling how she started public conversations about the lack of Black professors and even period poverty. “The headlines haven’t been about what our patron is wearing or the official engagement started at this time and ended at that time and there was a cup of tea in the middle, it’s about why we are doing what we do and why ACU exists. She’s been a real champion of the work that universities do.””

    The shade! Hmmm, who are those royals? Who are only there for the photo-ops….

    • Alexandria says:

      Probably the same royals saying they’re bored with racism and asking 5 shallow questions for a survey.

      Also some people can talk easily but very bad at execution or demonstrating actual knowledge. Lord knows I have a few people like this in my office just coasting along. This is a great testimonial for Meghan.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      Quite a delightful bit of shade thrown at those do-nothing photo props, indeed.

    • Ina says:

      “Showing up for photographs” was the best line! Let’s cut to the chase, Omid.

  24. damejudi says:

    I think the dress might be navy blue, which makes me love it more.

    Meghan looks so fresh, pretty, professional and modern.

    BRF definitely made a huge mistake in not protecting her as 1) family 2) an asset to the monarchy.

  25. MellyMel says:

    She’s just a beautiful person inside and out. The BRF really, really messed this whole thing up!

  26. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    The BRF really bungled this one bad. They had a superstar on their hands and they let her be run out of the country in favor of the cold bowls of oatmeal named Cambridge. What a shame.

  27. Crowned Huntress says:

    If Diana thought of Harry as Good King Harry, then he certainly found a brilliant Queen in Meghan. The pair of them make it look so easy, so effortless. They’re social butterflies, charming & engaging yet so thorough and deeply interested in their patronages. What a loss for Britain but a massive gain for the world. It’s clear that these two were damn near smothered to death with racism, misogynoir, jealousy & hatred. It’s heartbreaking that they’re leaving but also inspiring that they knew their worth and valued their relationship & child more than these rinky dink titles and pomp and circumstance.

    I hope the House of Windsor lives long enough to see itself topple because of this and Andrew and every other disgusting skeleton that comes flying out those ancient closets.

    Never look back King Henry IX & Queen Meghan I, start your own kingdom in peace!

  28. Bohemian Angel says:

    What a lovely, sweet, intelligent woman. This is so sad, we are losing such a great asset to this country and our ginger prince. I wish them the best in life and really do hope they go on to do amazing things as im sure they will, they both seem to have been put on this earth to help others, they care despite their privilege.
    I really don’t recognise the UK anymore and no longer wish to call myself British and they don’t want my kind here anyway. Karma is going to be a bad bitch for the ‘royal family’ esp William and Kate and I can’t wait for it!

    • Pineapple says:

      Bohemian Angel … sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be a British Citizen who wanted Harry and Meg.

      It is so hard to lose a leading Citizen you respect and enjoy. So hard.

      They will keep working with their patronage’s, they will keep slaying the work and we can all follow along!! XO

    • A says:

      @Bohemian Angel, I’m sorry about how it’s going in Britain right now. I think it sucks when you feel like you’ve got a home for yourself and everyone around you makes you feel unwanted. You stop being able to recognize the society you live in. It’s jarring. I hope things get better for everyone over there and everywhere else in the world. You deserve better. We all do.

  29. Hotsauceinmybag says:

    She is just stunning. But the dress/get up is kinda giving me flight attendant vibes.

    Very grateful that Meghan is leaving a breadcrumb trail of her work, she and Harry are still going to make the world a better place, they definitely don’t need the BRF for that.

  30. Fallon says:

    Just came her to say the header photo of her is divine.

  31. Lise says:

    People say about Meghan “oh she was an actress” as if it’s a bad thing but actually it was perfect training for this type of work. You have to learn a lot of information ( like scripts) very quickly, and then interact with people (the camera) in an engaging way that makes them feel seen and heard. Not everyone has or could apply this skill set as effectively as Meghan has been able to do. She is amazing! What a loss to that stupid family.

  32. Molly Fulton says:

    I keep looking at all these photos and all her outfits are the gorgeous, solid, jewel tones, and it’s so perfect because she is a gorgeous, solid jewel. The RF has really lost the brightest and shiniest one of them all.

  33. Cali says:

    Wow. The photo crop on the main Celebitchy page made me click on this article. It’s stunning. She is just marvelous. They really lost out on an amazing woman.

  34. Awkward symphony says:

    God she’s so stunning🤩, no wonder there was so much envy by the other royal wives. This firm will come to curse the day they let them go.
    As I said before, these two together will certainly surpass Diana’s GLOBAL appeal after the divorce. Reporters and especially media stations are already breaking the “unspoken agreement” of not criticising the RF by questioning why they couldn’t support them and protect Meghan. Omid’s new article is a masterpiece! He didnt hold anything out and was honestly questioning why they couldn’t have what others (Beatrice,eugenie..) have.

  35. Jaded says:

    Welcome back to Vancouver Island Meghan and congrats on an outstanding tour!!

  36. paddingtonjr says:

    Meghan left the way arrived: beautiful, poised, prepared and involved. She has held her head high throughout Sussexit and continued to work hard as she was attacked. I wish her and Harry happiness and success as they continue this new chapter in their lives.