By Laura Harman
Hillary Clinton has announced her support for Meghan Markle following the Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview with Oprah. The former presidential candidate has also revealed the important lesson society must learn from the incident.
Hillary, who has met Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and other royal family members, spoke about her disappointment with the “cruel” treatment Meghan received from the British tabloids.
Hillary said, “It was heartbreaking to see the two of them sitting there having to describe how difficult it was to be accepted, to be integrated. Not just into the royal family as they described, but more painfully into the larger society whose narrative is driven by tabloids that are living in the past,” she said.
.@HillaryClinton on Harry and Meghan interview: “Every institution has got to make more space and acceptance for young people coming up, particularly young women, who should not be forced into a mold that is no longer relevant, not only for them, but for our society.” pic.twitter.com/aso7CRqHs1March 8, 2021
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Hillary continued to state that she could relate to the "outrageous" treatment that Meghan has experienced by the press. She said, “I’ve had my time in the box with the British tabloids, as anybody who is in the public eye has had, and their cruelty in going after Meghan was just outrageous. The fact she did not get more support, that the reaction was, you know, ‘let’s just paper it over and pretend it didn’t happen or it will go away, just keep your head down.’ Well, this young woman was not going to keep her head down.”
She argued that Meghan did not need to keep her "head down" as a woman in the 21st century. “You know, this is 2021, and she wanted to live her life. She wanted to be fully engaged, and she had every right to hope for that,” she said.
Hillary stated that she was pleased that the young royals are “standing up for themselves and their children.” She also suggested that the couple weren’t just fighting for themselves, as they also set an important precedent.
“They’re really trying to send a message about what institutions - including the one that they were apart of - need to do to be more dynamic and forward-looking than they currently are,” she said.
Hillary concluded that this interview sends a powerful message to the world about women’s place in society. “Every institution has got to make more space and acceptance for young people coming up, particularly young women, who should not be forced into a mold that is no longer relevant, not only for them but for our society,” said Hillary.
Fans have loved this support from Hillary Clinton for the Duchess. One fan said, "Fantastic response! This is exactly how people need to view the interview and the issues surrounding it." Another commented, "Such a brilliant and informative interview! I love and respect Hillary Clinton so much!"
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