Meghan Markle: Commentator on ‘difficult’ label
Meghan Markle and Jameela Jamil discussed the challenges women face in the world of activism, diving into why female advocates are often deemed audacious in the latest episode of the Duchess’ podcast. Jameela opened up about her own journey into activism, recalling being shocked at the treatment of women on social media, particularly in relation to their appearance. After speaking out against the pressure on women to conform to a certain body image, Jameela was “bombarded with thousands of posts and responses from women mostly, but people of all genders, from around the world”.
She started an Instagram account with the handle @i_weigh to create a safe and inclusive space on social media, and explained: “I thought it would be a very short-lived phase, but it kind of went viral and stayed very viral for about three years. So we had no choice but to take it and run with it.”
Since then, the actress has worked to “change global policy on Instagram, and Facebook around diet, culture and Photoshop,” fighting to stop social media platforms from “selling diet products to kids under the age of 18″ and find ways to “legislate to protect children from diet culture and from diet products because they’re incredibly dangerous”.
Meghan commended her guest for her “incredible” work and accomplishments. Later, she asked Jameela what her “partner thinks of all this”.
The activist responded: “He just likes that I am completely myself and I think he really enjoys the fact that I’m not repressed in any way, and therefore, I don’t have anywhere that I need to let off that steam.
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“I don’t hold in any toxicity. I get everything off my chest — to mixed results. He’s incredibly supportive of me and he’s been a big encourager of me to learn how to fight back and speak my mind and understand my worth — he’s just a great ally.
“He’s a great source of strength and comfort and someone who can take my phone away because he’s 6’7 — I can’t reach it when he’s holding it up. If I need my phone to be taken away, he’s there, he understands me and he’s just an incredible human, an incredible friend and I don’t think I could have withstood all of this without him.”
She went on to talk of how Meghan and her husband Prince Harry’s relationship mirrors that of her and her partner, singer and songwriter James Blake.
Jameela said: “I know you have a very similar dynamic with Harry and actually, when the four of us met that one time, it was a really sweet dynamic of two very similar relationships.
“It was very nice for me to see that you have that in your home because you need it. It’s just an unfathomable amount of sh*t you take Meghan — I can’t believe it.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been together for six years
Here, the actress referred to the treatment of the Duchess in the media, going on to express her outrage at the “demonisation” of the royal, saying it “re-highlighted” the bigotry and misogyny in our society.
Meghan was thrust into the spotlight when her relationship with the British prince came to light back in 2016. Almost immediately, the former Hollywood actress faced scrutiny, so much so that Harry was forced to issue an unprecedented statement asking the media to back off.
The statement, issued in November 2016, read: “Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments…
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”
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It concluded: “He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.”
However, the media and public interest in Meghan only grew as her and Harry’s relationship evolved. And by 2020, four years after their first meeting and two years after they got married, the couple decided to step down from their senior roles within the Royal Family, later citing the intense attention as a contributing factor to their decision.
During his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in February 2021, the Duke of Sussex opened up about his and Meghan’s headline-making exit.
He claimed that the Royal Family can be a “really difficult environment”, and that the constant media coverage was taking a toll. He said: “It was destroying my mental health. I was like: ‘This is toxic.’”
Harry insisted that he never walked away from his family, rather “it was stepping back, rather than stepping down,” explaining that the British press’ obsession with his family was having a negative impact, so he “did what any husband and what any father would do”.
Meghan and Harry have two children: Archie and Lilibet
The Prince continued: “It was like, I need to get my family out of here. But we never walked away. And as far as I’m concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing. But my life is public service, so wherever I am in the world, it’s going to be the same thing.”
Meghan and Harry now reside in the US with their two children — three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet. They have returned to the UK occasionally, most recently ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, which saw the Sussexes reunite with the family for the first time in months.
They have pursued their own interests outside of the institution, including deals with Netflix and Spotify, philanthropic efforts and a multi-million-pound book deal.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter believes the couple “wouldn’t want to” resume their roles as senior royals, arguing that it may be “quite some time” before the Sussexes and the rest of the family are “able to come together”.
She told Australia’s Today Show earlier this month: “They are very happy building this life outside their royal working life.”