Meghan Markle Talks About Moving Back to U.S. Amid Racial Upheaval: 'Just Devastating'



For the virtual appearance, Meghan wore an orange ensemble with her hair in loose waves. She and Ramshaw discussed the 19th*'s beginnings, with the Duchess of Sussex congratulating her on the journalistic endeavor.

"You're capturing this moment in such an extraordinary way…You did it," she said.

Meghan, who recently revealed that she plans to vote in the U.S. presidential election this year in an article for Marie Claire, also spoke with Ramshaw about the importance of voting.

"When I have these conversations about encouraging people to go out and vote, I think it's often challenging for men and women alike and certainly for people to remember just how hard it was to get the right to vote. And to be really aware and not taking that for granted," she said. "My husband for example — he's never been able to vote."

She added, "I really do hope what you're able to encourage and what we're able to see happen through The 19th* over the course of the next few months is that women understand that their voices are needed now more than ever — and the best way to exercise that is through voting."

"The 19th*'s commitment to reporting and storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media has never been more important," Meghan said in a statement to Glamour after the engagement was announced. "I'm looking forward to asking the cofounder what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity and community at its core."

Ramshaw shared on Twitter, "In the department of the surreal: The Duchess reached out to us; she said [the 19th's] vision of building a diverse and representative newsroom that covers women and other underserved people with nuance + empathy spoke to her immediately."

Ramshaw continued, "She asked if she could interview me on 'storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media,' and 'what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity and community at its core.' "

The organization — named for the amendment that granted (some) women the right to vote in the United States and includes an asterisk in its title to represent the work still to be done — held their "The 19th Represents" virtual summit 100 years after the amendment was ratified in August 1920.

Meghan's appearance closed out the five-day event which included other notable speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Melinda Gates and Meryl Streep.

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