The Duchess of Sussex sat down for a new interview to discuss the stunning decision by a majority of the justices of the United States Supreme Court, which overturned the 1973 ruling that made abortion a constitutional right in all 50 states. . Joined by feminist Gloria Steinem, Meghan opened up about her shock and what she plans to do next.
And he also discussed Prince Harry’s reaction and the conversation about the ruling that the couple had behind the scenes.
When asked what she would say to men who support reproductive rights in a conversation with Vogue, Meghan said: “Men need to speak up right now and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families and communities. usually”.
“They can target women, but the consequences affect us all.
“My husband and I have talked about it a lot in the last few days. He is also a feminist.”
Ms Steinem jumped in to say that she can “testify” that the Duke of Sussex is committed to the rights of women and people.
She added: “I was at a big meeting that I attended and I was advocating for people’s rights.”
Meghan then clearly outlined Harry’s reaction to the Roe v Wade annulment.
She said: “His reaction last week was guttural, like mine.
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“I know that for many women right now there is a feeling of despair.
“But again, we have to come together and not wallow. We have to get the job done.”
Meghan has called her husband a feminist on another occasion in the past while speaking about rights.
In a separate conversation with Ms Steimer in the summer of 2020, ahead of the US presidential election, the Duchess responded to the author’s view of how she can be a feminist.
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After Mrs Steinem said that you can be a feminist and at the same time “be masculine and a man”, the Duchess said: “Like my husband!”
She continued, “I love that when she just walked in she said, ‘You know I’m a feminist too, right Gloria? It’s really important to me that you know that.’
The Duchess added that she is grateful that her first-born Archie Harrison is being raised by a father “who is so comfortable owning that as part of his own identity.”
Following their first public conversation in 2020, during which they also called people to make sure they would register to vote, Meghan and Ms Steinem’s relationship morphed into a friendship and alliance focused on women’s rights. .
In recent months, the couple have been formulating a plan to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified.
This proposed amendment to the US Constitution would guarantee equal legal rights to all US citizens, regardless of gender.
In their last joint interview, Meghan made no secret of her concern about the potential ripple effect Roe’s repeal could have on the US.
Asked if the US may see more rulings overturned and whether she is concerned that other groups that fought for rights in the US could see them struck down by the Supreme Court, Meghan said: “We saw it in terms clear with the concurring opinion of Judge Thomas.
“This is a model to reverse rights.
“The ruling is a signal about the future of same-sex marriage, access to contraception and many fundamental rights to privacy.
“It feels like the tip of the iceberg and is part of why people feel so scared.”
Meghan then renewed her call to action for Americans, urging them, just as she did during the summer of 2020, to cast their vote.
She said: “We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November in the midterms.
“I know hearing that feels so repetitive, but we have to vote, every single time, from local elections to state and national elections.”