Meghan Markle’s controversial first speech

Meghan Markle's controversial first speech
Meghan Markle delivers a speech at the One Young World Summit. (Manchester, September 5, 2022.) Abaca

The Sussexes traveled to Manchester this Monday, September 5, to participate in the One Young World summit. The Duchess took the opportunity to give a speech that was already highly commented on in the British press.

Although set back from the royal family, the Sussexes continue to be talked about. Back in the UK, Meghan Markle and the prince harry went this Monday, September 5 to the One Young World Summit, in Manchester. On this occasion, the 41-year-old American gave a speech to the 2,300 delegates present on site. “It’s very nice to be back in the UK,” she began from the podium. Before welcoming the action of the leaders of the entire world gathered: “You are the future. And I would like to add to this, that you are also the present. You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change on this planet.”

In video, back in the UK, Prince Harry and Meghan attend the One Young World summit

“The joy of being present with Harry”

Meghan Markle then did not fail to mention her first visit to the One Young World Summit, which dates back to 2014, and her “nervousness” at the time. “I was the daughter of Suits, and I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists,” she recalled. A few years later, in October 2019, despite a busy schedule and a young baby, the Duchess of Sussex had not overlooked the event. “It’s fair to say that my life had changed,” she said. My worldview had expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child (Archieborn on May 6, 2019, Ed.), and I wondered what was this world that he had just adopted, and what we could do, what I could do to make it better.

This first public speaking since the “Megxit” was also an opportunity for Meghan Markle to declare her love for Harry. Referring to her marriage several times, she insisted on her “joy to be present with her husband” at the event.

Very critical English tabloids

However, already much commented on in the English press, this speech is far from having won unanimous support. Across the Channel, the tabloids did not fail to tackle the former actress. “It was just me, me, me…” title the DailyMail . When The Sun speaks of a “monologue” and writes: “Me me me! Meghan speaks about herself 54 times in just seven minutes in her first speech in Britain since leaving the royal family. Very critical, the royal experts also claim “that the speech was sorely lacking in content”. Same story on social networks, where many Internet users have judged the performance of the mother of Archie and Lilibet mediocre.

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A highly scrutinized European tour

Arrived discreetly on Saturday September 3 at Frogmore Cottage, via a commercial flight rather than a private jet it would seem, the Sussexes have signed their big return to the United Kingdom. Returning to England for the first time in June during the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, they devote themselves this time to charitable events. This Tuesday, the couple is expected in Germany for the Invictus Games (a sports competition inspired by the Paralympic Games that Prince Harry created in 2014), before returning to London on September 8 for the Well Child Awards. No one knows at the moment if he will visit Prince Charles and the Queen, both at the Balmoral estate in Scotland.


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