Meghan Markle sends letter to London school for International Women's Day encouraging 'real acts of compassion'
MEGHAN Markle surprised students at a London school after sending them a letter to mark International Women’s Day.
The Duchess of Sussex penned the lengthy note, which featured Archewell branding and her flawless signature showing off her calligraphy skills, to mark the annual event on March 8.
The 39-year-old wrote to students at Robert Clack School in Dagenham, East London, which she visited in March 2020, recalling fond memories from her trip.
The mum-of-one urged the pupils to "participate in real acts of compassion”, as she championed trailblazers of the Equal Pay Act
The letter was shared on Twitter by the school on Thursday, who said: “We had a very special delivery this week.
"It has been lovely to share this letter and advice with the students and remember our International Women’s Day celebrations last year.”
Meghan claimed she still has a debate jacket presented to her by the school, saying she 'wears it frequently'.
She wrote: "Small acts of compassion have the power to make a real and lasting difference, and I thank all of you for the kindness you provided me during my visit.
"I also thank you for the memories you gave to me that I still hold and cherish.
The letter was published just days after Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which pulled in 11 million viewers when broadcast in the UK.
The couple revealed they were expecting a little girl, due in summer, but they also sensationally claimed an unnamed royal had quizzed them on “how dark” their son Archie's skin would be.
Oprah later clarified Harry told her it is not the Queen or Prince Philip.
The Duke of Sussex went on to say racism was a major factor in their decision to spark Megxit and quit the UK for America.
Meghan also sensationally claimed that Kate Middleton made her cry, not the other way round, in an incident over flower girl dresses for her wedding.
Meghan’s letter in full
Dear Students of Robert Clack School,
It was this time a year ago that I had the pleasure of meeting so many of you during my visit to celebrate International Women's Day and mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. I look back on that day with such fond memories, and think of you all frequently, especially recognising how difficult it's been for students and families during the past year.
This International Women's Day, in collaboration with the work of our non-profit organisation, Archewell Foundation, we are encouraging everybody to participate in real acts of compassion for the women in their lives and their community. One suggestion we have is to take a moment to learn about the trailblazing women who came before us. I've spent time recently thinking about Geraldine Dear, who joined us last year and is such an inspiration to all of us. Without women like Geraldine, who formed part of the original group of women advocating for equal pay, so much of what we do now wouldn't be possible.
By knowing and appreciating legacy, we can—and you can—find inspiration to create legacy. All of you, the young women and young men here today, will continue paving the way for a better and more compassionate future. Last year, I told you that your voices have the ability to change the world. I hope that you are continuing to make your voices heard.
Small acts of compassion have the power to make a real and lasting difference, and I thank all of you for the kindness you provided me during my visit. I also thank you for the memories you gave to me that I still hold and cherish. Even the light-hearted ones. I don't think we'll ever forget when I asked that young man—Aker—to come on stage to share what International Women's Day means to him and how he honours the women and girls in his life. He had a few thoughts that had us all laughing! But I think the true takeaway from that moment is the role that you young men play in helping women feel empowered, respected, and equal. I trust you are still doing the same and commend you for being on the right side of history. We are all in this together.
I have no doubt it has been incredibly challenging for all of you this past year as you have had to adjust to home-schooling. However, I'm thrilled the schools in the U.K. have reopened today and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you on your first day back.
Sending my very best wishes to all of you,
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
P.S. I still have the Debate Society team jacket you gave me with me here in California and wear it often. Thank you again for thinking of me!
- The Queen snubbed the couple — telling them she was “too busy” to see them
- Meghan suffered suicidal thoughts
- Kate made Meghan cry in a row over a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte ahead of her wedding
- Palace officials lied and covered for Kate but refused to help Meghan put forward her side of stories
- Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls since Megxit
- The Archbishop of Canterbury performed a “backyard” secret vows ceremony for the couple three days before their Royal Wedding
- The Queen is reportedly backing Prince William after he insisted the royals were “very much not a racist family”
- Prince William has revealed he is to speak to Harry about the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview claims
- Meghan Markle was allegedly helped by a string of top royal mentors when she joined the family – but she "wouldn't listen" to anyone
- Oprah's pal Gayle King claims Meghan Markle has "plenty of receipts" to back up her explosive racism allegations
- Staff working behind the scenes on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview were allegedly forced to sign gagging orders to stay silent
The pair chatted with the chat show Queen in an explosive two-hour interview, which has seen their popularity plunge to the lowest ever.
A shocking poll by YouGov has revealed almost half of Brits now view the Duke of Sussex negatively following the tell-all chat on Sunday.
YouGov polled 1,664 Brits between March 10 and March 11 – after the explosive chat was aired.
They found Meghan and Harry's popularity had started to climb but the huge drops show the interview had a damaging effect on how they are viewed.
Meghan still has the support of younger Brits though – with 55 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds liking the former actress compared to 83 per cent of those aged over 65 who dislike her.
The poll also reveals the sensational events this week have not impacted on the popularity of the other royals – except Prince Charles.
The fall-out from the interview, conducted near the couple's home in California, saw Buckingham Palace issue a statement in response.
It said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
Meanwhile Meghan Markle emailed royal staff asking them ‘to finally set record straight about me’ after Kate dress row, claims pal.
And Prince William and Harry ‘arrange a chat’ over explosive Oprah claims after not speaking directly for year.
Plus a fundraising page to pay for Meghan Markle & Harry’s £11m mortgage after he moaned he was ‘cut off’ financially by royals
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