Meghan Markle gave a virtual speech for the Global Citizen’s VAX Live, a global broadcast special that aired on May 8 in a bid to reunite the world.
The former Suits star made her first TV appearance since the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. Meghan and Prince Harry served as campaign chairs of the VAX Live event, supporting vaccination efforts across the globe to restrict the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The couple collaborated with world leaders, musicians, and celebrities for the charity fundraiser that saw performances from H.E.R., Jennifer Lopez, and Foo Fighters. The Duchess of Sussex concluded her address with an important message.
“We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger.”
That as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you.”
Explaining why the concert is so important to him, Harry said, “Over the last year, everyone has experienced so much loss and so much struggle and I think the only way that we are really going to heal and recover is to do that together.”
During the virtual speech, Meghan, 39, spoke about her unborn child, who she had revealed is due in “the summertime.” She went on to say that the baby girl motivated her and Harry to increase their efforts to help women, Express reported.
“My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world,” Meghan said.
— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) May 9, 2021
“When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward.”
“Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up, and set all of us up, for a successful, equitable, compassionate tomorrow.
“We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger. That as we rebuild, we rebuild together.”
Meghan specifically addressed women who have been “disproportionately affected” by the still raging pandemic, noting that nearly five-and-a-half million women in the United States have lost work. She pointed out that 47 million more women around the world are “expected to slip into extreme poverty.”
Aside from that, she spoke about how women have suffered and have seen a “generation of economic gain wiped out.”
In a pre-recorded message, she said “the past year has been defined by communities coming together tirelessly and heroically to tackle COVID-19. We’ve gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter.”