Meghan Markle has said “it’s good to be home” and promised to be more vocal in a new interview.
The Duchess of Sussex spoke about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in the US and said she looked forward to “being a part of” “changes being made” regarding racism and “unconscious bias”.
Meghan spoke to 19thNews, which describes itself as a ‘nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy,’ for a summit titled ’19th Represents Summit, a week of virtual conversations with leading women in politics and public policy.’
In one of her first sit-down conversations since returning to the US, Meghan acted as interviewer, chatting to the CEO of The 19th.
But she answered some questions from Emily Ramshaw, as she reflected on her own experiences and returning to the US during a time of turmoil.
She said: “It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment.
“If there’s any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role … it shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see that the tide is turning.”
She added: “From my standpoint, it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now is really — it’s something I look forward to being a part of.
“And being part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late.
“So, yeah, it’s good to be home.”
Meghan’s latest appearance comes as it is feared the explosive new biography by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand will cause “lasting damage” within the royal family.
The 347-page book details private parts of the Sussexes’ lives, including the couple’s frustrations at life behind palace walls and fallouts within the Firm.
An insider said Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, paints a “very one sided account” that “will leave lasting scars” on the couple’s relationships with senior royals.
The tell-all book is billed as the “truth” behind their decision to quit their royal duties of the start of the year, a move that shocked fans and relatives.
They tell the Mirror: “It’s sadly hard to imagine a world where this won’t do lasting damage to many of the personal relationships explored in this very one sided account.”
Many questions have also been asked about how much involvement Meghan and Harry had in the book, which is filled with praise about their attempts to find a path in the family.
Scobie and Durand claim they did not have interviews with the couple but instead spoke to “more than 100 sources, with access to the couple’s inner circle…..(with) everything corroborated with at least two sources”.
However in the authors’ notes on the final pages of the book, they admit they did speak to the couple.
They write: “We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.
“In many instances, we have granted sources anonymity to allow freedom to candidly provide direct quotes without their names being attributed (either due to the sensitivity of roles or to protect careers).”
A palace source said: “One may indeed wonder who those two sources are.
“It’s fair to say there is a great deal of skepticism over the involvement of the book’s two primary subjects.”
Royal watchers have likened the book’s release to Andrew Morton’s sensational 1993 biography of Princess Diana, titled ‘In Her Own Words’.
The Princess of Wales was later revealed to have heavily corroborated with the journalist which led to a tit-for-tat airing of grievances in the media between herself and Prince Charles after their divorce.
Among the most shocking claims in the book is a line which says Harry believed William’s staff were “throwing him under the bus”.
It states: “Harry was upset that it was playing out so publicly and that so much of the information being reported was wrong.
“There had been moments where he felt people working with his brother had put things out to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus.
“It was a confusing time, and his head was all over the place – he didn’t know who or what to believe, and he and William weren’t talking enough either, which made everything a lot worse.”