Meghan Markle Shares Throwback Video of Her 11-Year-Old Self in Honor of International Day of the Girl

Long before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle had been a champion of females everywhere.

So, in honor of International Day of the Girl, the 38-year-old duchess shared a video on her @SussexRoyal Instagram account with a special message about gender inequality and some throwback footage from her early days as a women’s rights activist.

Today, Markle’s post included her 2015 speech at the United Nations and a news segment she appeared on at the age of 11 in which she challenged a sexist Ivory dishwashing soap commercial and wrote Procter & Gamble a letter.

In the video, Markle speaks as images of her work with young women around the world flash on the screen. She encourages them to “keep asking questions, keep pushing forward, keep shining brightly. Know your worth and know that we’re behind you every step of the way.”

We also get a glimpse of her UN speech, during which she notes, “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision.”

Markle captioned the video, “Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide. Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.”

The caption goes on to explain that International Day of the Girl encourages young ladies to “grow into the women they wish to be.”

It concludes: “The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed. No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact. HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: “‘Visualize your highest self, and show up as her.’ To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you.”

How’s that for inspiration?


Cat mom, yogi, brunch enthusiast

Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.