Meghan Gives Speech Honoring New Zealand Women’s Suffrage

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The Duchess of Sussex gave yet another speech yesterday, marking her third round of formal remarks this tour. The subject was the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the first country to do so.

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Kensington Palace shared video of the speech:

Speaking before a portrait of the Queen, she said:

“The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired. In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolizes. Because yes – women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”

Earlier in the evening, Meghan and Harry met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who greeted the Duchess particularly warmly.

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And fair’s fair – they also met with the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges, and his wife.

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Meghan debuted a new designer via a black dress by Gabriela Hearst. She paired it with Stuart Weitzman heels, a Dior clutch and diamond jewelry. I liked this look just fine, though in a notably short period of time I am starting to have slight fatigue for black dresses with this silhouette on the Duchess. Even so, it’s lovely and I would imagine forgiving as she grapples with her second trimester.

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More engagements are underway now – I’ll pick those up tomorrow.

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