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Meghan Markle: I hope my baby will be a feminist

The Duchess spoke at a panel event to mark International Women’s Day

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion at King's College London, in London. Reuters
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion at King's College London, in London. Reuters

The Duchess of Sussex has said she hopes her unborn baby will be a feminist.

The former actress, who married Britain’s Prince Harry last year, made the comment at a panel event to mark International Women’s Day on Friday.

Meghan discussed the impact Johanna Demetrakas’s 2018 film Feminists – What Were They Thinking? Had had on her.

"I’d seen this documentary on Netflix on feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was 'I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism'," she said.

"I loved that - boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that's the case."

The 37-year-old was joined by singer Annie Lennox, model Adwoa Aboah and former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in the discussion about issues affecting women today.

The session was organised by Queen Elizabeth II’s Commonwealth Trust, a project which Meghan was announced vice-president of on Friday.

The Duchess, who is due to give birth this spring, made the case for men being feminists as well.

“I think when we talk about gender stereotype shifting - what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine - you know I've said for a long time: you can be feminine and feminist,” she said.

"You can be masculine. And I think in terms of masculinity, you understand that your strength includes knowing your vulnerabilities and your sense of self and security.

“That's what gender equality means for me and having men part of that conversation saying there's nothing threatening about a women coming up to the same level, it's our safety in numbers, this is our power and our strength as a team.”

Updated: March 8, 2019 09:15 PM

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