The Duchess of Sussex recorded a video message on George Floyd's death

Meghan Markle released a video message for students graduating from her former high school Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles
The Duchess of Sussex released a video message about the impact of George Floyd's death in the U.S. for students graduating from her former high school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. In the video, The Duchess said the events had been "devastating". The Duchess also reminded living through race riots in 1992 and spoke of her regret that nothing appeared to have changed.

In her video message, the Duchess called on young people and students at the school to come together to rebuild society. The Duchess also said that she was "nervous" about addressing graduates and speaking about the events of the previous weeks.
The Duchess of Sussex recorded a video message - VIDEO

In the video, which was first reported by the African-American female magazine Essence, the Duchess also made a heartfelt apology to the graduating students and said "that we have not gotten the world to the place that you deserve it to be". The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now living in Los Angeles with their 1 year old son Archie, after stepping back as working members of the Royal Family.

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  1. She's right and she said it eloquently. Lovely way of framing these graduates as potential agents of change. It gives hope to an otherwise bleak situation.

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  2. That was a speech right from the heart.
    The pony tail and white top and jacket looks good. - Lisa

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  3. Nice acting job. She always comes across fake. It does not sound genuine.

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  4. One would think we did not treat her well Britain. Yet all we showed her was love from millions of people
    Jill

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    1. "all we showed..." that's revisionist history. The sexism and racism she and many black women and men experienced and still experience persists. It's eons too soon for revisionist history but nice attempt.

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    2. And yet she left Jill. No one turns away from fairness and understanding. She was trashed by outsiders for breaking "rules' to an imaginary club of royalty to which these same outsiders have no firsthand knowledge of it's inner workings. The tabloids stories with blaring headlines were enough. It's over. Let her address the girls from her old high school in peace. Ana

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    3. Jill, I am almost speechless. Your statement is incorrect. So very incorrect.

      Meghan's commencement address to the graduationing class of Immaculate Heart is referencing decades old racial problems and the fact that the current racial issues are demonstrating that we, as a society, have not made the strides we should have. She is essentially passing the baton to these fledging adults, the new hope, to repair the racial disparities that exist. In thirty year's time, there should have been progress made. For that, she apologizes. We should have done better, and they now inherit the problems the current and previous generations have failed to adequately address.

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    4. I agree with Anon 10:40. The video has nothing to do with her period in Britain. She speaks here about racism in the US at the light of the recent events, a subject she knows quite well. She does it in a convincing and soft way.

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  5. Excuse me but she is not a British royal. Why is this post here?

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    1. She is still part of the royal family. We can see eg. family Tindall posted here quite often and nobody is complaining, what's the diffence? - Lisa

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    2. Excuse me, but she is a member of the royal family. Just because you wish she wasn't doesn't make it so. Why look if you don't think she should be posted about? Just move on...

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  6. Not a great deal one can say on the fashion front.
    Courage chère Duchess of Sussex. You are a brave and strong woman.
    Your husband can be proud of you.

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  7. She is no longer "dutchess". She is just Megan Markel...

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    1. No, she is still a dutchess. Following a decision to step back from royal duties, she and her husband have agreed not to use the style "Royal Highness" from early 2020, although they still retain the style. - Lisa

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    2. She has kept it simple and classic so there is no distraction from her message.

      @10:22 The title of dutchess has never existed. It is better to remain silent etc. etc. than to type nonsense riddled with misspellings and remove all doubt.
      The queen awarded them the title of Duke and Duchess.
      She has seen fit not to remove it. -A-

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  8. @ unknown, you are incorrect, she is a "duchess" , and nobody is " just" anything.
    Your comment is ugly, you don't have to open the video if you aren't interested on whatever she has to say. For those that are interpreting this message with anything related to England , you are looking for anything to trash her, just like the British press. She is addressing her high school and speaking about the pain and struggle that many people of color face around the world, and that is too deep of a subject to address on this forum.
    Regards and peace out :-)

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    1. Agree with Anon 11.13 PM and have to add that envy is a desease whithout healing, much harder than cancer. Love doesn´t help.

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  9. I appreciate her effort. She does a great job of speaking her truth. It must be hard for her, knowing that no matter what she says, it will be picked apart by many people. At the same time, I feel compelled to say that it's actually perfectly fine to say nothing. A person can simply BE with this situation. We can allow our tears to flow, we can be with the confusion, the shame, sadness, grief, anger, outrage. We can do our best to quietly and privately confront our own inner division. It is not necessary to speak out or protest. It's fine to do so, but not mandatory or necessary. We will each have our own path through this.
    ~BD

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  10. Jill,

    From the start I read the toxic, continuing coverage from the Daily Mail (which other tabloids also engaged in). Wild exaggerations, fabrications, distortions. I used to wonder -- why this continuing campaign and what does the DM have against her. Why were the crazy sister and low-life brother given so much print to denigrate her? (Meghan broke ties with them years before she met Harry.)
    The DM would stir up its readers to post hateful comments. I wondered how Meghan (or anyone) could emotionally handle these assaults day after day. Well, she couldn't. So they left.
    This is a fashion blog -- Meghan looks lovely -- hair pulled back, simple, classic outfit. Her clothes do not distract from her words.

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    1. Lovely comments. Completely agree with you. CH

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    2. Totally agree with you Beverly. Judy.

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  11. Jill I entirely agree with your comment. Think of the adulation of the crowds in her earliest appearances. To Unknown, she remains Duchess of Sussex for the next year at least.

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    1. She remains the Duchess of Sussex and a member of the Royal house wether she takes an active role in Royal life or not. I think she just looks extremely elegant and uncluttered and is wearing nothing to distract from her message. As for the nasty comment about her longer hair at least she knows where her hairbrush is.

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  12. Be kind to each other.

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  13. Personal and from the heart.

    E.B.B.

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  14. The Duchess has dressed as not to distract from her words, she looks great.

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  15. @Jill... oh!! so you feel betrayed because you treated her so well.. uhmmm .
    I see by your comment that you continue to believe that she has personally betrayed you, she owes nothing to all the people that believe the narrative of the trashy tabloids. You all managed to destroy Diana, and then found a good victim on this woman, of course, foreign, biracial, independent, non aristocrat, how dare she choose her own path and not ask for your permission?
    MP

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    1. My thoughts exactly, thank you.

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  16. Obviously, US is selling more artificial hair.

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    1. Someone with funny humor

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    2. Anonymous @ 5:29 pity they aren't selling intelligence and respect, you could use some.

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    3. @Anon 10:58 How did your nasty comment add to the seriousness of this subject? So much hate. Consider yourself part of the problem.

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  17. There were thousands before Rosa Parks, who fortunatelly survived and there are thousands before George Floyd - BLM. RIP.

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  18. Vous êtes jalouse même de ses cheveux à inventer qu'elle porte du faux et alors, personne ne vous empêche d'en faire autant. La jalousie est poison pour le coeur qui tue. Faites attention à vous, vous risquez d'être empoisonné par votre propre jalousie. Attention.....ça rend malade

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  19. I guess Duchess Meghan and the Duke are thinking (also) that it could be their son.

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  20. Joann
    I have already posted on this topic. I wanted to add this for everyone's consideration. I am quoting from an article that appeared in The Express, UK on 6/5/20. Apparently it is a reprint from May 21, 2020. The Title of the story is, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer Says Exactly How Royal Family Behaved On Big Day."
    Here is excerpt from designer, Clare Weight Keller. "The ride in the car to the church was an incredible trip through a sea of waving hands, flags and people from every walk of life. I remember the roar of the crowds, huge,so thunderously joyful you couldn't help but smile and feel quite how surreal it was to be faced with this vision."
    The designer went on to describe the royal family as "charming" and everyone behaved as any other family on a happy day.

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    1. This is not a source which is serious, sorry.

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    2. For Anonymous 9:46 a.m.
      This quote from the designer was used in at least two other publications: The Daily Mail and Newsweek. In the Newsweek story of 5/21/20, they had a different headline: "Meghan Markle's Wedding Day Dress Designer Reveals Inside Story of 'Extraordinary Day' with Royals."
      The quote I posted here, Newsweek also ran it. However, they added other remarks from the designer such as:" We traveled for a few minutes behind Meghan's car, going through that wonderful energy and uplifting spirit......"
      The article also quotes the designer saying the royals were 'mingling" like any other family talking about their kids, the bride and groom, etc etc."
      It appears the designer was giving quite a few interviews apparently to mark the wedding anniversary. So I wouldn't be surprised the quote shows up in other other publications, but I don't have the time to research it.

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    3. For Anonymous 9:46. Some additional information on the quote in question: You might care to check out You Tube, "Meghan Markle's Bridal Designer Clare Wright Keller Shares Her Memories of the Nuptials." The narrator is referencing the designer's Instagram account where apparently she posted her thoughts on the wedding day. The narrator then gives the quote about the crowds. This quote appears around 1:49 on the film.

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  21. How odd to finish a commencement address with "thank you in advance. "

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    1. @ anon 8:13... looks to me that you haven't heard many commencement addresses or any other kind. Polite speakers generally use this phrase, thanking organizers, listeners or anyone for that matter, before the speech.
      What I find puzzling is that you only take that from the whole speech...
      WOW! you could use a better argument to find fault, and regardless of our likes or dislikes, Meghan is an educated woman and no stranger to public speaking ( unlike many others) .
      Thanks in advance for your response ;-)

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    2. To the anyn poster above. Obviously you didn't spend time to listen to the speech and condescendingly went on and on about when speakers thank people. That sentence was the last sentence of that speech. And btw, most speakers thank people at beginning of a speech. It's an odd sentence in the sense that she wishes them and challenges and then , btw, thanks in advance.
      So to the person above, may be you should actually spend time listen to that speech before commenting what is what and be all preachy.

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  22. It's sad that over two years ago no relatives from her mother side was invited to her wedding. Let that sink in.

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    1. Your point? The subject of her wedding guest list has been hashed through time and again. That ship has sailed. It has no relevance to this subject.

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  23. Outfit ok but people who live in a gilded bubble can always tell a lot. I find it partly ridiculous to explain life to "normal" people. You can do without that. After this "nice speech", for which the world has not waited, she heads back again to her million-dollar rental property, guarded by security and far away from reality. Sorry, but as a responsible citizen I don't need such a presumptuous lecture from Meghan Markle herself nor anyone else on normal topics of daily life. That doesn't impress me at all! Frieda

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    1. Dear "Responsible Citizen",

      She stopped being Meghan Markle the day she married Prince Harry. She is Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (with or without the HRH).

      What does your comment mean? Who are these "normal" people you are referring to? Are you saying that racism is just part of the "normal topics of daily life", something to be accepted? You will be happy to know that the world was not waiting for this "speech". Her address was not meant for you or any of us. It was directed to a graduating class of high school students, as stated above. Even so, the message should have resonated with all, but I can see how it would be difficult for the small minded to comprehend. I think you are the presumptuous person in the bubble. I don't think there are too many, if any, people of color that have not experienced some form of discrimination. Until we all try to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, history is going to continue to repeat itself.

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    2. Frieda, Read first before commenting! This was not a lecture. It was an inspirational speech as happens whenever someone is asked to address a graduating class. She attended that school, and was asked to say a few words to the girls.
      Since leaving high school, she has graduated from an excellent university, worked in different countries (Argentina, Canada), learned other languages and has earned the right to live a better life with or without the royals. She is a citizen just like the other 375 million Americans and can give her opinion and vote, on what is happening in her own country. She also has a frame of reference, having grown up in LA at the time of the King race riots, and seeing racism up close. There is a video of her advocating against racism 8 years before she met Harry.
      Take your knee off her neck! She lived a normal life until 2 years ago. Stop the hypocrisy. -June 5-

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  24. Frieda, go van to the dungeon.

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    1. Well, Frieda thinks that normal people are those that don't hear speeches...
      What does that even mean? that her words are for abnormal people?
      So, because you don't like her, or approve of her choices, she can't talk ?
      And yes, maybe you'll find this surprising, but many people of color have careers, and have been able to enjoy a high financial status, does that mean that they can't speak about the struggle of their lives?
      Agree with anon above ,please take your knee off her neck!!

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  25. @ anon 6:56, you are correct I misread your comment, but not your intent you are just picking her words apart in order to diminish her as a person. And yes, thanking your audience either at the beginning or end is equally common. Not preaching here , just tired of all the judgement from people that are just waiting for any appearance to start the attacks .

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  26. We are one and we are many,and from all the lands on earth we come I am you are we are Australian( as a particular song says ) so Australia is made up of all ethnic groups as are most countries on earth ;so lets get on.Meghan is trying to get a message to all of us; I like her;her life may have been hard;I don't know what messages she received as a child growing up. All lives Matter.(Tara)

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  27. She was not asked to give a speech by the school, and most of it was lifted from an American long running TV show.
    Meghan has insulted Black people all of her life, but if you buy her hateful treatment of her family, Harry's family, everyone she's ever met? You have other things to worry about.

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  28. @7:51 Are you implying that this story was made up? At least one girl gave an interview about seeing her speech. What does 'insulting black people all her life' mean?
    What is the 'hateful treatment' that Harry's family was subjected to?
    Do not be another t*ll making broad brush statements without providing any examples to give weight to your comment. Repeating hearsay is idle gossip which can sometimes be quite damaging. Take you knee off her neck.

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