When Duchess Kate showed up to the BAFTAs last week, she made it very confusing for everyone wondering where she stood on the issue of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The unofficial dress code was black, like the Golden Globes, but Duchess Kate wore green with a couple hints of black. She didn’t forget or anything, it was just against royal protocol to join in on a political campaign or movement. Meghan Markle isn’t technically a royal until she books it down the aisle of St. George’s this May, so she got in some civilian freedom by speaking about #MeToo and Time’s Up.
Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate were in London today for the first annual Royal Foundation Forum. The Royal Foundation is Harry, William, and Kate’s charity group, so the conversation was kind of all about charity work. Meghan was asked about her work previous to the Royal Foundation, like her work with women’s groups, which naturally led into Meghan’s opinions on #MeToo and Time’s Up.
“What’s interesting is I’m hearing a lot of people saying, ‘You’re helping women find their voices.’ And I fundamentally disagree with that, because women don’t need to find a voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen. And I feel that right now in the climate we’re seeing so many campaigns – #MeToo, and Time’s Up – There is no better time to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered, and people really helping to support them, men included in that. It makes such a tremendous difference.”
It all begins around the 12:30 mark.
Much like the last conversation surrounding #MeToo and Time’s Up, Duchess Kate didn’t have anything to add. And some people were quick to point out that Meghan might have made a royal no-no by getting political during the event. But good lord, that’s barely even political. I’s not like the moderator asked the four of them to play fuck, marry, kill with members of parliament. I’m sure Queen Elizabeth II would change her mind on #MeToo and Time’s Up if she was informed that the list of British people who don’t support the #MeToo movement is basically just Morrisey at this point.