Meghan Markle said “George Floyd’s life mattered” in a new video in which she discussed the issue of racism in America. In a heartfelt speech addressed to students from her former school, Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles, the Duchess of Sussex branded the chaos as “devastating” as she urged people to speak up about their experience. Meghan said: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castille’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.
“And so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know. Stephon Clark, his life mattered.
“And I was thinking about this moment, when I was a sophomore in high school, I was 15 and sophomore year is the year we do volunteer work, which is a pre-requisite for graduating.
“I remember one of my teachers said to me before I was leaving before a day of volunteering, ‘Always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears.'”
The Duchess admitted to feeling nervous at the beginning of the speech and she later apologised to pupils about having to live in a world “where this is still present.”
She continued: “I am sorry that we have not got the world to a place that you deserve it to be.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.
“That’s something you should have an understanding of, but an understanding of as a history lesson, not as your reality.”
She added: “So I am sorry that we have not got the world to a place that you deserve it to be.”