Meghan Markle news: Duchess of Sussex chats to Gloria Steinem about voting for Makers | Royal | News (Reports)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world back in January by announcing they planned to step down as senior members of the royal family. After a brief stay in Canada the couple settled in Meghan’s home state of California.

They recently purchased and moved into a £11.2m Montecito community property in Barbara County.

The town is about 95 miles of Los Angeles where the couple had been living in a borrowed home.

Meghan interviewed Gloria Steinem, a legendary American feminist, for women’s empowerment charity Makers Women.

The pair discussed women’s rights, why people should vote and how political representation works.

A short clip was posted by the charity ahead of the interviews full release later this week.

At one-point Ms Steinem expressed her joy at having the Duchess back in California.

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She commented: “Meg, welcome home, I’m so glad that you’re home.”

Meghan replied: “Thank you.

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Last year Meghan admitted in an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby that she was struggling to “thrive” and “feel happy” within the royal family.

The Duchess claimed she “really tried” to adopt the British stiff-upper lip but found this “internally really damaging”.

Before stepping down as senior royals Harry and Meghan lived in Frogmore Cottage near Windsor.

The couple have pledged to repay the taxpayer money that was spent renovating the property before their shock departure.

Ms Steinem gained recognition as a leading feminist in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

She co-founded the ‘Ms’ magazine and published “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” in 1969.

In the clip Meghan gushed over the activist stating: “Today is a pretty great day, for me it’s a pretty great day.”

The two women sat on wooden chairs with a table placed in between, possibly to try and ensure social distancing.

There is speculation the interview, which was recorded last month, took place at Meghan and Harry’s new house due to the presence of their dogs.

Pula, Meghan’s black Labrador, and Guy, a rescued beagle, both wondered into shot and lay in-front of the Duchess.

In their description of the event Makers Women said: “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women ‘are linked, not ranked’”.

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