Why Meghan Markle cried before delivering a speech at her old school

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As you might expect, Meghan Markle's diary has been pretty busy over the last few years since marrying Prince Harry and welcoming their little one, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world. Throughout the pandemic, the former senior royals have continued to volunteer and even signed a mammoth deal with Netflix too. But Meghan has also used her stepping away from royal life as a chance to speak out on issues close to her heart, such as equality. She's now shared that she broke down in tears to Harry ahead of delivering a speech on racism.

Speaking virtually at yesterday's Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, The Duchess of Sussex also told audience members that she's appreciated being able to focus on raising her son during lockdown, calling the time 'amazing'. "For me, it’s been amazing to spend time with my husband and watch our little one grow and that’s where our attention has been."

She added that her and Harry have also been thinking hard about how they can make a positive change in the world, according to a report from ES. "In addition to, of course, how we can be a part of the change of energy that so many people are craving right now and whatever we can do to help in that capacity." This is something the couple also addressed recently during their involvement with the TIME 100: The Most Influential People list.

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On the topic of racism, which The Duchess and Duke have both spoken out against in recent months, Meghan added that she became emotional while prepping to give a speech at her old high school, shortly after the death of George Floyd.

"I was just in tears thinking about it, and I was just explaining to my husband why I thought that it was so heart-breaking, certainly for me being back in Los Angeles and it being so reminiscent to the state of Los Angeles with the riots after the Rodney King beating," she said at the summit.

"And so for these girls to be graduating from high school, which should be a very celebratory time, to be plagued with that unrest felt troubling to me. I just spoke from the heart, and that's probably why it doesn't look polished and why it doesn't feel perfect, but that's also why it's authentic."

Another cause that she and the Duke are passionate about is changing the way that people interact with one another online, with Harry in the past noting that his concerns have grown since becoming a parent: "Companies that purchase online ads must also recognise that our digital world has an impact on the physical world... on the ways we think and interact with each other, on how we process and trust information," he wrote in an essay published last month. "If we are susceptible to the coercive forces in digital spaces, then we have to ask ourselves, what does this mean for our children? As a father, this is especially concerning to me."

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