Meghan Markle makes first public appearance since bombshell biography was released

The Duchess of Sussex took part in a virtual summit on Friday - her first appearance since the royal biography, Finding Freedom, was released.

  • Meghan Markle took part in the 19th* Represents virtual summit on Friday
  • The Duchess interviewed the website’s co-founder, Emily Ramshaw, about running a “women-focused news organisation”
  • She opened up about her own experience of the media
  • It follows royal news that Prince Charles' sweet tribute to Meghan Markle revealed

Duchess Meghan opened up about the “toxicity” she has faced in the media during a virtual summit on Friday.

The former actress took on the role of interviewer during the event and quizzed 19th* Represents co-founder and CEO, Emily Ramshaw, about creating a ground-breaking newsroom with a focus on gender equality.

During the discussion she made the candid admission about her own negative experiences at the hands of the media.

She said, “What's so fascinating, at least from my standpoint and my personal experience in the past couple years, is the headline headline alone, the clickbait alone, makes an imprint.”

The Duchess said the current climate of journalism is creating an appetite for “salacious” details, rather than the truth.

“There is so much toxicity out there in what is being referred to as, my husband and I talk about it often, this to the economy for attention,” she explained. “That is what is monetizable right now.

“So if you're just trying to grab someone's attention, you're going for something salacious versus what is truthful.”

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She went on to say that more reporting needs to be done through a “compassionate and empathetic lens” in order to connect people.

It comes just days after it emerged that the couple have moved into a new “family home” - five months after stepping down as senior royals.

The royal couple have invested in a £11.2 million property in Santa Barbara, which will be their main home with son Archie.

The news was confirmed by a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who told HELLO! that they moved in in July, and that,”They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”

Georgia Farquharson

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