Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle addressed the "Me Too" and "Times Up" movements on Wednesday, saying there was no better time for the pushback against sexual misconduct.
"I think right now, in the climate that we're seeing with so many campaigns — I mean with 'Me Too' and 'Times Up,' there is no better time to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included in that," Markle said at an event highlighting the Royal Foundation.
"Women don't need to find a voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen," she said.
Prince Harry's fiancée Meghan Markle says there's "no better time" to "shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included" https://t.co/002zKLxJH3 pic.twitter.com/D1aR6im1eV— CNN International (@cnni) February 28, 2018
While Markle will not become a member of Britain's royal family until she marries Prince Harry in May, it is unusual for members of the family to take public stances on political issues.
Markle has made a series of political statements prior to her engagement to Prince Harry.
Shortly after the engagement was announced in November 2016, comments from Markle slamming President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE on the "Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" surfaced, in which she said she "might just stay in Canada" if Trump was elected.
“Yes, of course, Trump is divisive. Think of just female voters alone, right. I think it was in 2012 that the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points," Markle said.
“That's a huge number, and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that's a huge chunk of it," she continued.
“You're not just voting for a woman, if it's Hillary, just because she's a woman, but certainly — as Trump has made it easy to see — that you don't really want that kind of world.”
Trump wished the couple well in an interview with ITV's Piers Morgan last week, saying "I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy. They look like a lovely couple."
Trump is highly controversial in the United Kingdom, and tens of thousands of Britons have indicated that they plan to protest his planned visit later this year.