The Duchess of Sussex looked like “old Meghan” in her speech on the death of George Floyd, a friend told Vanity Fair.
Meghan, 38, this week gave a virtual address to graduate students at her former school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, in which she also named other African Americans who have been killed by police in recent years.
The 38-year-old actress, who attended school aged 11-18, said, “George Floyd’s life was important and Breonna Taylor’s life was important and Philando Castile’s life was important and life of Tamir Rice was important. “
Speaking to Vanity Fair today, an anonymous source said the words were “100%” those of Meghan while a friend, who “works closely with her on her charity work”, said that the duchess looked “less restrained” and more like she did before joining the royal family.
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Meghan, 38, this week delivered a virtual address to graduate students at her former school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, in which she spoke about the death of George Floyd and named other African Americans killed by the police. In the photo, Meghan giving the address
Speaking at Vanity Fair today, a friend said the Duchess looked “less restrained” and more like she did before joining the royal family. In the photo, Harry and Meghan at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017, two months before announcing their engagement
“Listening to her was like hearing old Meghan,” said the friend to the publication. “She seems less restrained and more herself and much more how I remember her since our first meeting, long before she was a member of the royal family. “
The second source explained that there had been “a lot of discussion” around Meghan’s response because she wanted her message to be “communicated appropriately”.
“It was not easy, but she was determined to say something. These are her words, her feelings – it’s 100% her, “added the source.
Meghan herself acknowledged her hesitation to speak, saying that she knew her words would be “separated”.
She said, “I didn’t really know what I could tell you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would be separated. And I realized that the only bad thing to say is to say nothing.
It comes as protests continue to build around the world after the death of 46-year-old black man Floyd after white policeman Derek Chauvin kneeled him on the neck in Minneapolis on May 25 during almost nine minutes. In the photo, New York last night
Meghan delivered a six-minute virtual speech on Wednesday before the video was released to black women’s lifestyle magazine Essence, which posted it yesterday on its website saying “Courtesy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex ”.
It comes as protests continue to build around the world after the death of 46-year-old black man Floyd after white policeman Derek Chauvin kneeled him on the neck in Minneapolis on May 25 during almost nine minutes.
During the video, Meghan also said that many others were killed by the police and that they were never named. She said, “As we have all seen in the past week, what is happening in our country and in our state and in our hometown of LA has been absolutely devastating.”
“I know you know that black life is important”: what Meghan said to students for the graduation speech
On Black Lives Matter: “With a mind as diverse, dynamic and open as I know, the teachings of Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that the life of black people is important”
On the 1992 Los Angeles riots: “I remember the curfew and I remember rushing home and on my way home, seeing ashes falling from the sky and smelling smoke and seeing smoke coming out of buildings”
While waiting to speak: “I wasn’t sure what I could tell you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I would not do it or that it would be separated. And I realized that the only bad thing to say is to say nothing ‘
Of African Americans killed by police: “George Floyd’s life was important and Breonna Taylor’s life was important and Philando Castile’s life was important and Tamir Rice’s life was important, just like so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don’t know not the names. Stephon Clark, his life counted ‘
On what his teacher once told him: “One of my teachers, Ms. Pollia, said to me as I was leaving for a day of volunteering,” Remember to put the needs of others above your own fears. ” And it stayed with me throughout my life “
On the people who meet: “We see people showing solidarity, we see communities coming together and developing. And you’re going to be part of this movement.
The Duchess also said that the students “will have empathy for those who do not see the world through the same lens as you”, adding: With a mind as diverse, dynamic and open as I know, the teachings of ‘Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter.
The former Suits star told students that she was about to start high school when the Los Angeles riots started in the spring of 1992 after Rodney King’s brutal beating.
She said, “I was 11 or 12 when I was about to start the Immaculate Heart Middle School in the fall, and it was the LA riots, which were also triggered by an act of senseless racism.
“And I remember the curfew and I remember rushing home and on this way to go home, see ashes fall from the sky and smell the smoke and see the smoke coming out of the buildings and see people coming out of the buildings with bags and looting.
“And I remember seeing men in the back of a pickup truck just holding guns and rifles. And I remember stopping the house and seeing the tree, which had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away.
Meghan also referred to some advice given to her by a 15-year-old teacher: “I remember my teacher at the time, one of my teachers, Ms. Pollia, told me when I was leaving for a day of volunteering, “always remember to put the needs of others above your own fears.
“And it stayed with me throughout my life and I thought about it more than ever last week. “
Meghan was referring to her former professor of theology, Maria Pollia, who previously described her as a “remarkable student” who was “very enthusiastic about the material, but always going further”.
Meghan also spoke to the students about their future, saying, “You know you are going to rebuild, rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt.
“Because when the foundations are broken, so are we. You will lead with love, you will lead with compassion, you will use your voice.
She added that the students “would use your voice louder than you have ever been, because most of you are 18 – or you are going to be 18 – so you will vote.”
Meghan also told them, “You are equipped, you are ready, we need you and you are ready.” I’m so proud to call each of you an alumnus, and I can’t wait to see what you do.
‘Please know that I encourage you all along the way, I am exceptionally proud of you and I wish you a huge congratulations today, the start of all the impact you are going to have in the world by as leaders that we all so deeply desire. Congratulations ladies and thank you in advance.