Meghan Markle Absolutely Slayed Her First Official Speech As A Duchess In Fiji

    She spoke about her financial struggles growing up and the importance of educating girls.

    Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, the artist formerly known as Meghan Markle, has spoken publicly for the first time on behalf of the Commonwealth and wow, did she nail it.

    "Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.” — The Duchess of Sussex at @UniSouthPacific #RoyalVisitFiji https://t.co/ZWXxiBNcEY

    Meghan presented a speech in Fiji where she announced two new grants for Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific which will help empower their female staff.

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    The money will help the universities run workshops specifically to educate women in developing countries like those in the South Pacific.

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    "Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital," Meghan said.

    Wearing a locally-made tapa barkcloth and frangipanis in her hair as a nod to her hosts, the duchess opened up about the hard time she had while growing up in the US.

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    As Prince Harry looked on (adoringly as per usual) she said it was only due to financial aid and hard work that she was able to graduate from Illinois' North Western University.

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    "It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition — that I was able to attend university. And without question it was worth every effort," she said.

    After dropping some unprecedented realness for a high-ranking member of the royal family, Meghan then mingled with some little fans.

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    Was captivated by some grown-up fans.

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    And loved the dedication of these cheeky admirers.

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    Especially this one.

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