Meghan Markle faces backlash for talking about herself in speech: 'I didn't hear anything about equality'

A royal commentator has said she "just heard Meghan talking about Meghan" as the Duchess of Sussex gave a speech in Manchester on Monday

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Meghan said it is "very nice to be back in the UK" as she took to the stage in front of 2,000 young leaders in Manchester on Monday.

Prince Harry joined her at the One Young World Summit as the two made their first public appearance in the UK since they returned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

But despite the Duchess of Sussex's keynote speech being billed as one about equality, she has faced criticism for appearing to talk more about herself than anything else.

Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield appeared on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel to discuss the speech on Tuesday morning.

Meghan Markle in Manchester on Monday
Meghan Markle in Manchester on Monday
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield appearing on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield appearing on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel

She told GB News viewers:"The irony that, when Meghan Markle is supposed to be giving a speech on equality...

"The UK, you're seeing your third female Prime Minister. It's like: 'We got it, we get this.'

"I didn't hear anything about equality whatsoever. I just heard Meghan talking about Meghan.

"There should have been a focus on spotlighting individuals in the audience who had done unique things. She didn't challenge anybody.

"There were so many routes she could have taken but it seems so fixated on her brand and what people think about her, and how to control the narrative, that she misses huge opportunities to really be this change-maker, this thought-leader that both Harry and Meghan want us to think they are."

It came after Meghan opened her speech, saying: "Good evening everyone, it is very nice to be back in the UK and it is very nice to be back with all of you at One Young World."

She went on to tell young future world leaders: “You are the future… you are the present.”

Meghan went on to reveal her “nervousness” and the “pinch-me moment” of her first summit.

She said: “I was the girl from Suits, and I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists."

By the 2019 summit, she said it was “fair to say, my life had changed”.

Talking about motherhood, Meghan said: “My worldview had expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child [Archie], and I would ask what is this world he would come to adopt, and what can we do, what can I do to make it better.”