Meghan Markle has said "it's good to be home" and promised to be more vocal in a new interview. The Duchess of Sussex spoke about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in the US and said she looked forward to "being a part of" "changes being made" regarding racism and "unconscious bias".
Meghan spoke to 19thNews, which describes itself as a 'nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy,' for a summit titled '19th Represents Summit, a week of virtual conversations with leading women in politics and public policy.'
In one of her first sit-down conversations since returning to the US, Meghan acted as interviewer, chatting to the CEO of The 19th.
But she answered some questions from Emily Ramshaw, as she reflected on her own experiences and returning to the US during a time of turmoil.
She said: "It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment.
"If there’s any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role … it shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see that the tide is turning."
She added: "From my standpoint, it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now is really — it’s something I look forward to being a part of.
"And being part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late. "So, yeah, it’s good to be home.” Meghan's latest appearance comes as it is feared the explosive new biography by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand will cause "lasting damage" within the royal family.
The 347-page book details private parts of the Sussexes' lives, including the couple's frustrations at life behind palace walls and fallouts within the Firm. An insider said Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, paints a “very one-sided account” that “will leave lasting scars” on the couple’s relationships with senior royals.
The tell-all book is billed as the “truth” behind their decision to quit their royal duties of the start of the year, a move that shocked fans and relatives. Many questions have also been asked about how much involvement Meghan and Harry had in the book, which is filled with praise about their attempts to find a path in the family.
Scobie and Durand claim they did not have interviews with the couple but instead spoke to “more than 100 sources, with access to the couple’s inner circle.....(with) everything corroborated with at least two sources”.