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There is nothing like a princess story. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Elsa, Anna and Ariel. We loved them all dearly.

But Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, has come into our lives and like a breath of Royal fresh air. Gone are the days of staring out the castle window waiting for our Prince to rescue us, giving our lives meaning and purpose. Meghan arrived at Buckingham Palace with a case packed with opinions, ideals, and goals all of her own. She famously said “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches. I’ve always wanted to be a women who works.”  And she aims to work harder than ever now that she has a platform to create change.

Even as a child, Meghan asked questions of the world, knowing that we should never accept that things are they way they are because they’re the way they always have been. Aged just 11, she wrote a letter calling out an adverting agency for using the slogan  “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans”. She wrote “I don’t think it’s right for children to grow up thinking these things, that mum does everything.” The ad was promptly changed, but Meghan was only getting started.

Whilst working on “Suits”, Meghan was a women’s advocate for the UN and the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. Now, she has chosen a long list of causes to support in her role as Duchess. High on that list are feminist issues, youth and women’s health. In honour of her visit to Dublin today, here are a few of our favourite Meghan quotes…

‘Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now.’

(ELLE UK, 2016)

‘You don’t have to play dress up to be a feminist. You are a feminist exactly the way you are.’

(Create & Cultivate, 2016)

‘You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.’

(Create & Cultivate, 2016)

‘Being a feminist and being feminine are not mutually exclusive’

(Create & Cultivate, 2016)

 

‘Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.’

(International Women’s Day, 2015.)

‘Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for OUR voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.’

(International Women’s Day, 2015.)

‘With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.’

(ELLE UK, 2016)

And finally lets re-watch the beautiful International Women’s Day speech that gave us tingles and feels in 2015

Welcome to Dublin Meghan, do drop in for a cuppa tea and a chat 👑👑👑.