Meghan Markle delivers her first speech during the trip including touching moments from her life
On Wednesday, Duchess Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, arrived at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. There they enjoyed a cultural performance on climate change led by singers and dancers.
Afterward, they were presented with a traditional Fijian lei which was decorated with flowers. Meghan took to the stage to make her first Royal tour speech.
Duchess Meghan, 37, was dressed in a pink dress by designer brand Figure as she took the stage to make her inspiring speech. Prince Harry, 34, wore a blue shirt that had a pattern of white leaves.
The Duchess began her speech with the traditional greeting: “Bula vinaka!” She then went on to share her own personal experience as a university student.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. She said:
“As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university. From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one. “
She shared that she was “fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling.” Meghan revealed that she had also faced an uphill battle when it came to her being able to afford her tuition.
Hardy looks pretty funky too! pic.twitter.com/9Mf1V5pPMU— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 23, 2018
The Duchess shared that it was “through scholarships, financial aid programs and work-study” that she was able to afford her own tuition and attend university. She explained that in the end, it was all worth it.
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"Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.” — swipe to watch The Duchess of Sussex’s first speech, announcing the award of two new grants to Fiji National University and @UniSouthPacific. These grants will allow them to run workshops which empower their female staff, ensure that women are provided with the training and skills to operate effectively in their roles, and those with leadership potential are given the opportunity to be heard and recognised at the most senior level. #RoyalVisitFiji #Fiji #Suva
Meghan further stated that education should be available for everyone especially “women and girls in developing countries.” She shared that when girls are given the ability to succeed, they could “create incredible futures” for themselves and the people around them.
The Duchess then announced that there would be two new grants that support female staff members at the school. She ended off her speech by wishing everyone the best of luck for a “positive future” for them and their communities.
Meghan is the second British Royal bride to attend college with Kate being the first. She graduated from a private Catholic school in Los Angeles to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
In 2003, she earned a bachelor's degree and double majored in theater and international relations. She was also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Great speech from Meghan about the financial impact of university on the less fortunate: ‘It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition - that I was able to attend university.— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 23, 2018
A month ago, the Duchess gave her first public speech as a member of the Royal family. She was hosting a palace event celebrating the charity cookbook, “Together: Our Community Cookbook,” which she helped create.
Her speech at the time was flawless and no less inspiring.