Meghan Markle has shared a video of her as an 11-year-old protesting a sexist advert to celebrate International Day Of The Girl.
Meghan was on Nickelodeon in 1993 writing a letter to Procter and Gamble to show her disdain at an advert for their Ivory dish soap.
In the advert, the narrator can be heard saying that the washing up liquid is good because “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
The clip shows Meghan explaining that she doesn’t think it’s right that the advert makes out that mums are the only ones who should be washing up.
She says in the clip: “If you see something you don’t like on television or anyone else, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference for not just for yourself, but for lots of other people.”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B3eY2JWFjK4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
The video then cuts to her delivering a speech in which she says: “So to each one of you keep asking questions and pushing forward and keep shining brightly, know your worth and no that we are behind you, every step of the way.”
The Duchess of Sussex posted the video on Instagram, and captioned it:
“Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide.
“Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.
“It is also a day to celebrate and encourage girls to know their value and to support them in taking action to grow into the women they wish to be.
“The Duchess of Sussex has been a long-time advocate for women’s and girls’ rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed. No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact.
“HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: ‘Visualise your highest self, and show up as her.’
“To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you.”