The Duchess of Sussex encourages all women to strive for higher education.
Meghan Markle made her first official speech of the ongoing royal tour in speaking to students in Fiji on Tuesday.
“As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” Markle said. “From the moment you receive the acceptance letter to exams you spend countless late nights studying for.”
“I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world,” she noted. “Myself included.”
Markle, 37, worked to the bone to afford the education she wanted. “It was with scholarships, financial aid programs and earnings from a job on campus that went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university,” she told students. “Without question, it was worth every effort.
“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education that they want, but more importantly the education that they have the right to receive,” the Duchess stated. “And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.”
The former “Suits” actress plans on doing something to help the cause. “I am very pleased to announce today that two new grants will be awarded to Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific,” Markle revealed. “Allowing each of them to run workshops, which empower their female staff.”
“This means that female faculty members are able to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and enter higher education and that more women become part of the decision-making process in academic institutions,” she continued.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, also delivered a speech to students and launched four new Queen Elizabeth scholarships.