The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she doesn’t read newspapers or engage with Twitter to avoid getting ‘muddled’ by the ‘noise’.
Meghan’s comments came during her first appearance as vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on International Women’s Day (IWD).
She joined a star-studded panel of feminists and national figures to mark the day, and described the Duke of Sussex as part of the conversation on gender equality.
Singer Annie Lennox appeared alongside the Duchess, with former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and others, to debate a range of issues affecting women today
Recalling some of her own experiences, the Duchess said at the age of 11 she had seen a commercial that she ‘found to be very sexist’ and something ‘struck her internally’ which meant she ‘knew it was wrong’. It was an experience she then used as her moral compass to achieve change, she said.
She added that travelling to developing countries made her realise how ‘the lack of education for girls has a ripple effect on so many issues’ and when they do have access to education ‘it solves so many of the world’s problems’.
Meghan was asked by the chairwoman, Anne McElvoy, senior editor of The Economist, how she responded to newspaper headlines describing her feminism as ‘trendy’ and whether it was ‘water off a duck’s back’.
The Duchess said: ‘I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference, because I think positive or negative, it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days, as opposed to getting muddled with that to focus on the real cause.
‘So for me, I think the idea of making the word feminism trendy, that doesn’t make any sense to me personally, right? This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever.’
When asked later if she looked at Twitter she replied: ‘No, sorry no. For me that’s my personal preference.’