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Duchess of Sussex records message for International Day of the Girl

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The Duchess of Sussex has recorded a personal message on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl. Her Royal Highness has been a long-time advocate for women’s and girls’ rights.

The Sussex Royal account on Instagram shared a video with a special message from Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl yesterday afternoon. In the message, the Duchess encourages young girls and girls and women of all ages to speak up for what they believe is right. She stresses that every girl in the world has worth and value.

Her Royal Highness said: “Every girl has potential, she has promise, she has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and to discover. The right to be exactly who she is.”

The short video consists of photographs and clips of the recent tour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to South Africa and of children of the various charities that Their Royal Highnesses support. In the video, a part of the famous speech of then Meghan Markle for UN Women in 2015 is also included. In another part of the video, a young Meghan (aged 11) is seen writing a letter against a sexist advertisement that was eventually taken down.

The Duchess of Sussex concludes her message with the following words: “So to each one of you: keep asking questions, keep pushing forward, keep shining brightly, know your worth and know that we are behind you, every step of the way.”

Meghan has been a long-time advocate for women’s and girls’ rights both before and after joining the Royal Family. The Duchess has visited various countries around the world to voice her support for women’s rights and to inspire others to do the same. Examples include a visit to India where she focused on menstrual health, her work for UN Women in New York and the recent royal tour to South Africa.

The International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on the 11th of October. The day is observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that still exists worldwide. On the Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it is said that “there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.” Girls around the world still lack access to education, are confronted with child marriage, legal or medical inequality, gender-based violence and the stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management.

In the Instagram message, the Duchess of Sussex added that “No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.