Most royal watchers will fondly remember Duchess Meghan’s groundbreaking speech about women’s suffrage in New Zealand during her first royal tour with Prince Harry. Well, the busy mom-to-be has followed it up with a poignant (and secret!) visit from the country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Monday (Jan. 21).
Royal correspondent Omid Scobie shared the meeting of the minds on Twitter, having formerly been told by the politician that "The Duke and Duchess are both very warm people" and that she had "a lot of respect" for the important work they do.
Their first-ever overseas royal tour was a 16-day whirlwind, so it’s no surprise that the former actress wanted a follow-up visit with her fellow feminist. According to TVNZ reported Joy Reid, the quiet meeting was to “recognize their recent successful visit to [New Zealand].” And successful it was!
On New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of suffrage, the beautiful royal took to the podium to address a private audience, solidifying herself as one of the Royal Family’s leaders in gender equality. “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,” she said. “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
While the couple were traveling around New Zealand, the duchess and Prime Minister paired up for a few events – and Jacinda was even on-hand to greet the duo as they arrived at Wellington International Airport Military Terminal.
Of course, women’s rights are very close to Meghan’s heart, having solidified her feminist perspective from the age of 11, when she fought to get a sexist commercial taken off the air. We’re willing to bet young Meghan couldn’t have dreamed of this being her reality now!