During the whirlwind that has been her first royal tour, Meghan Markle gave a speech about college that almost everyone could relate to. She spoke at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, on Wednesday, with traditional wreaths on top of a pink dress. And in her comments about college, Markle became real about what it required her to be a university student, herself, as well as what it meant to her as a woman to get a college degree.
Prior to becoming an actor, Markle participated in Northwest University and graduated in 2003 with a double major in theater and international studies. On Wednesday, Markle said about the experience: "It was through scholarships, financial aid programs and work studies where my income from a job on campus went directly to my education ̵
Markle added: "When girls get the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible prospects, not just for themselves but for all those around them."
Markle finished the speech by saying, "My husband Harry and I wish you all the best luck when continuing your studies and work. Your efforts now help create a positive future for each of you and your communities as whole. "
As an American born Duchess, Markle has been the subject of conversation since her relationship with Prince Harry was first terminated for her audience.
One of Markle's Northwestern Professors, Theater Department Chair Harvey Young, remembered Markle as an engaged student in a theater and history criticism that he taught in 2003. To Northwestern Now, He Said
As a biracial actress, Meghan had a sophisticated vision and understanding of what it means to be perceived and treated differently. She was quite aware of how people responded to race and were very clear about the need to think about the experiences of people who are not only biracial but also people of color.
He added that Markle had a strong sense of passion in the wealth of women's rights in particular. He said, "Meghan was passionate about theater and had a self-confidence that you could see to help her weather the storms in the professional world."
The last time Markle visited Northwestern in 2014, to promote her show, Suits. During her visit, she spoke to North City Northwestern to return to her alma mater. She said, "It's surreal to be back because I have not been back since I graduated and when I walk around, I remember things like schlep to get to South Campus from the north." She added: "The 24-hour Burger King definitely helped me take on Freshman Fifteen. "
Markle's speech at the University of the South Pacific is her second as far as the duchess of Sussex; In September, she gave her first public speech to celebrate the release of a cookbook she worked with.