Meghan Markle is a beast at giving epic speeches, and don’t you forget it. In 2015, she spoke at the U.N. Women’s conference as an advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She didn’t need cue cards or a teleprompter to tell those in attendance she’s a proud woman and feminist, that women and men are equal, and that we need to work at making gender inequality a thing of the past. Amen!
She also had to memorize pages of scripts over the course of seven seasons of Suits so delivering good, memorable lines is something Meghan’s used to.
So, just because she’s going to be part of the British Royal Family, an institution that epitomizes old-fashioned rules, don’t think she’s about to totally give up her role as a modern woman. In fact, Markle is prepared to break from royal tradition at her wedding to Prince Harry by giving a speech at their reception.
Traditionally, at royal weddings, speeches are reserved for the groom, the father of the bride and the best man but nuh-uh, not at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
According to The Sunday Times, Megs will deliver an “affectionate” toast to thank her new husband, thank her new in-laws for welcoming her so warmly, and express her love for her own family and friends. The paper added that Markle might even throw a couple of jokes into the mix.
It’s unknown whether Meghan’s speech will, in part, serve to to take the heat off her father, who is known to be very private, or if it will be in addition to some words he might say. But that’s beside the point; Meghan wants to say a few words and nothing’s going to stop her.
“The feeling is if Meghan’s father doesn’t speak for her, she wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them,” said the source. “Harry thinks it’s a great idea.”
Yep, we’re on board with this. In fact, Meghan’s speech might be the highlight of the night, especially given how many in attendance may not ever have heard a woman in a wedding dress speak before this.
Oh, and on a different, but related subject, if Harry wants to leave the dancing to Meghan, we support that choice as well. And we think she agrees.