Meghan Markle's 'feminist' royal bio is here and people absolutely love it
Since arriving into the world of the royal family, Meghan Markle has been on a one-woman mission to shake up this archaic aspect of British society. There's a lot about the new Duchess of Sussex that differs from the rest of the Royals: she's American, she's a woman of colour and she's a divorcee. All of these facets make Meghan a breath of fresh air to the majority. And, with her marriage to Prince Harry now confirmed, Meghan looks set to continue in her quest to drag the family in the 21st century.
The wedding itself is being heralded as the most "modern" royal event in history, with there being a rousing sermon by a black American pastor and a gospel choir at the ceremony. And, on top of this, Meghan Markle chose to part-walk herself down the aisle after her father was absent due to ill-health.
However, Meghan's shake-up of the family has continued after the big day, with her official royal bio now unapologetically pronouncing her feminism.
Markle's bio starts in a relatively traditional way, describing her marriage to Prince Harry and stating where she now resides with her husband. Then, it dives straight into her lifelong commitment to "social justice and women's empowerment" including when "aged 11, she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid."
She was 11!
The bio goes on to talk about Meghan's work with One Young World and UN Women. And then, in enlarged bold text, reads a quote directly from the new Duchess of Sussex: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist."
Bang. Markle has slapped the royal family with a big dose of feminism.
But she was not done there. After dropping the headline-grabbing quote in the middle of her bio, Markle then manages to put two words on the website that I never thought I would see associated with the royal family: "menstrual hygiene."
"In 2017, her royal highness undertook a second learning mission with the organisation when she visited India with World Vision to bring a greater awareness to girls' lack of access to education," it reads. "In the slum communities of Mumbai, the duchess witnessed the work of the Myna Mahila Foundation who empower women through access to menstrual hygiene products and employment opportunities. Struck by her experience, she wrote an op-ed for Time magazine about the stigmatization of menstrual health management and its long-term hindrance to girls’ education."
While it may seem trivial to make a fuss about the fact that Meghan has managed to get the words "menstrual hygiene" onto the website of the royal family, it is a big deal. Menustration is still - somehow - a taboo subject in society and the more we talk about it openly, the more that stigma will fade.
Now, because of Meghan's work on this issue and the platform that she now has, the taboo around menstruation is going to be forced into conversation by a member of the royal family.
God only knows that the royal family needed Meghan Markle. Keep on doing you, Duchess.