Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joined a New York Times DealBook online summit to discuss “top-down solutions” to create “opportunities for others” – in particular, women.
Meghan, 40, was one of two “groundbreaking figures” to speak at the event, called Minding the Gap.
Joined by businesswoman Mellody Hobson, President and co-CEO of Ariel Investments and chairwoman of Starbucks Corporation, the two had a conversation about “how their shared experiences influenced their thinking”.
Fans praised Meghan, with one Twitter user, @Zaggai, saying: “Wow, she’s exceptional.”
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Another one, @luenass, wrote: “A true hard-working queen.”
And a third one, @rianne088, added: “I just adore her.”
@ PaigeMASTERS5 said: “The Duchess of Sussex is the only Queen.”
Meghan spoke about her business endeavours with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and explained a rule they always follow: “Treat people the way they want to be treated.
“We’re just doing it the same way we would want if we were employees at it.
Calling the Duchess a “skilled orator”, Ms Guerilus added: “She knows how to connect her speech and vision.
“Great points of views exchanged and Meghan made it clear that she’s in a good place in her life.”
Host Andrew Ross Sorkin touched upon Meghan’s open letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer demanding American families are paid a proper wage when on parental leave.
The Duchess said: “I think this is one of those issues that is not red or blue.
“We can all agree that people need support certainly when they’ve just had a child.”
Describing paid leave as “a humanitarian issue”, she continued: “We can all agree that people need support especially when they’ve had a child.
“We have a five-month-old baby so it is a sensitive one for us.
“We had the luxury of having had that time – not just for moms but also for fathers.”
In the 1,030-word letter, Meghan wrote: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent.”
Stressing that millions of women have dropped out of the workforce to provide for their children since the beginning of the pandemic, the Duchess called for a “strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible and encouraged without stigma or penalty”.
She used the New York Times event as a platform to keep on emphasising her message, and the effort seems to have reached the audience.
@pomsetayP said Meghan spoke “intelligently with thorough responses that had clarity and substance”.
@KindnessUplift claimed: “If I had someone like her in my business, I would never let her go.”
@_NonoTsouck wrote: “I cannot even begin to collect my thoughts around this conversation.
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