While Prince Harry and Meghan's royal tour was certainly notable for its Kodak moments, sweet fan reunions, adorable kids and more, it was also a groundbreaking experience for the Duchess of Sussex, who's impactful speeches on feminism, equality and the importance of family reverberated worldwide.
Though members of the Royal Family are typically encouraged to be non-partisan when it comes to issues of politics, times are changing and some would say the 37-year-old is helping to modernize what it means to be a royal woman. From her touching speech at the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand to her comments on education and empowerment in the Kingdom of Tonga to her inspiring Invictus Games appearance, we've rounded up the mom-to-be's best quotes!
University of the South Pacific, Fiji
On Oct. 24, Meghan made her first speech of the royal tour while addressing an audience at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She spoke to the trials of getting an education as many related to her personal struggles to pay for her Northwestern degree – and also, the great value in educating women.
"As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university. I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included. It was with scholarships, financial aid programs, and work study from my earnings from a job on campus that went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university, and without question it was worth every effort."
She also made a very poignant point: "When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures."
Invictus Games closing ceremony, Australia
The pregnant duchess followed up her first speech three days later by addressing the huge crowd at the Invictus Games' closing ceremonies. On top of speaking to the incredible family that is the Games, an event founded by her husband, she revealed the little-known fact that she'd visited troops in Afghanistan before meeting Prince Harry.
"I’m not sure if many of you know this, but a few years ago, before I had met my husband, I had the incredible honour of visiting troops deployed all over the world; from the UK to Italy and Afghanistan, and several other countries. In travelling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. I was able to see the unshakable bonds between service men and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed. Once home, the need for that anchor of support from loved ones, especially given how much it accelerates recovery and rehabilitation, is immeasurable."
She continued later on: "The support system on the ground here at Invictus is something unlike any other. Because it’s not just cheering on your own, but realizing that by the end of this week, ‘your own’ becomes everyone in the Invictus family."
125th anniversary of women's suffrage, New Zealand
Her third and final speech on royal tour helped mark New Zealand's 125th anniversary for women's suffrage – and it went absolutely viral! Of course, women's rights are very close to Meghan's heart, having solidified her feminist perspective from the age of 11, and she opened up about the importance of female voices in politics.
"Yes, women's suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness. Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents. The basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community. The involvement and voice that allows you to be a part of the very world you are a part of."
"Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago." — The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/zpFhyPiE8r— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 28, 2018