Why Duchess Meghan is making 'punchier' speeches since leaving the royal family

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Duchess Meghan Markle has more freedom to speak from the heart now she's no longer a senior royal, according to her biographer.

Royal expert and author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, said the Duchess of Sussex is able to speak more freely now she's no longer classed as a senior royal.

Duchess Meghan gave a powerful speech touching on racial and gender injustices at Girl Up - a UN initiative - last week. And royal biographer, Omid Scobie, said the "punchier" tone is a sign of things to come for Meghan.

Speaking about her words on the Heirpod podcast, he said, "This was Meghan really being able to talk without the constraints of some of the things you might have to bear in mind when writing a speech as a working member of the royal family."

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With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex having stepped down as senior royals back in March, Meghan, 38, was able to speak more freely and from the heart.

Omid - who co-authored their upcoming biography - explained, "I understand she spent a long time preparing for this speech. Usually we see members of the royal family reading from very tight scripts when they go up onto a stage, I understand Meghan had bullet points.

"She spoke more from the heart than from a script."

With the couple now residing in America, they plan on really getting their teeth into issues that they feel passionately about - including racial injustice and gender equality.

Omid revealed, "They said this speech really spoke to many of the issues she will continue to focus on passionately moving forward, gender equity, racial injustice, youth empowerment...

"This worked as a really great preview for the Duchess of Sussex and some of her future speaking engagements."

Georgia Farquharson

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