Fans have praised Meghan Markle’s appearance as ‘flawless’ and remarked on her ‘LA makeover’ following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up, which an expert has called her ‘most important one to date’.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, appeared via video link as she spoke out about the fight against gender and race inequality while addressing young women around the world at a digital global leadership summit today.
And followers quickly flooded Twitter with tweets remarking on her ‘flowing hair, Hollywood glow and bare shoulders’ – comparing Meghan’s relaxed look to her more reserved former royal look.
Meanwhile body language expert Judi James described the LA native’s appearance as redesigned and rebranded, describing her as ‘fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right’.
Fans have praised Meghan Markle’s appearance as ‘flawless’ and remarked on her ‘LA makeover’ following her live speech for UN initiative Girl Up, which an expert has called her ‘most important one to date’
Speaking to FEMAIL, Judi said: ‘This was a very redesigned and rebranded Meghan, with her body language suggesting she has now fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right.
‘Meghan’s gesticulation was more ‘guru’ than Hollywood actress and wife of a prince.
‘The way her cheeks rounded in a calm smile at the start showed happy confidence to be there addressing her young audience and throughout her speech she avoided showboating or over-congruence, both of which are trait-traps that less experienced and less adept speakers often fall into, using over-exaggeration to try to hammer their messages home.
‘Instead Meghan spoke with a calm and warm tone, using long blinks and a raised index finger to suggest wisdom and empathy. Her finger pinch gesture flagged up precise thought and a desire to give advice from a place of experience and when she pulled her hands into fists she showed a desire to create change.’
udi James described the LA native’s appearance as redesigned and rebranded, describing her as ‘fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track’ (Meghan is seen with Harry at a final royal engagement in March at Westminster Abbey in a more demure look)
Fans quickly shared their excitement over Meghan’s impressive appearance, with one writing: ‘Meghan Markle bringing full Los Angeles celebrity hotness for the UN speech
She continued: ‘Her eye-gaze commanded the camera and when she told her audience to ‘Chase your convictions with actions’ she coupled it with small but dramatic pauses and the slow, calm blink.
‘This was possibly Meghan’s most important speech to date, alongside the likes of women like Michelle Obama, and it was clear she was more than up to the challenge.
‘She was at her most confident here and the way she ended with a praying hand clasp pointed at the camera means her message of support should have inspired a whole new audience.’
Another added: ‘This girl! She was glowing!’, while one said: ‘Meghan was amazing!’.
Remarking on her speech, another wrote: ‘What a powerful and inspiring speech’, and one tweeted: ‘It’s done, I want to listen to her more!’
And fans quickly shared their excitement over Meghan’s impressive appearance, with one writing: ‘Meghan Markle bringing full Los Angeles celebrity hotness for the UN speech.
‘No more royal hairstyles, covered shoulders or minimal make-up. She is back!’.
Another added: ‘This girl! She was glowing!’, while one said: ‘Meghan was amazing!’.
Remarking on her speech, another wrote: ‘What a powerful and inspiring speech’, and one tweeted: ‘It’s done, I want to listen to her more!’.
Elsewhere one shared a meme of Rihanna wearing a crown, and remarked: ‘She’s just so effortless with it.. my goodness!’.
Elsewhere one shared a meme of Rihanna wearing a crown, and remarked: ‘She’s just so effortless with it.. my goodness!’
Girl Up, which has the motto ‘uniting girls to change the world’, revealed that the royal was set to appear at its virtual 2020 Global Leadership Summit last week, sharing the news on its social media platforms.
Meghan was a keynote speaker at the online event, which began on July 13 and is set to continue until July 15.
It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Prince Harry and Meghan as they shift the focus of their royal work towards racial equality and social justice.
The post announcing the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance read: ‘The present is female! But don’t take our word for it.
‘Hear from our keynote speaker Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, as she takes the stage at our 2020 Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!’
The campaign group said this year’s summit promises to be ‘unforgettable with interactive virtual workshops, panels with global leaders, and so much more’.
The Girl Up Global Leadership Summit is part of an initiative started by the UN, which is ‘dedicated to securing equal opportunities for underprivileged adolescent girls in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, Guatemala, and India’.
A spokesperson for Girl Up confirmed to DailyMail.com that speakers are not paid for their time, and all take part in the summit on a volunteer basis.
Delivering her live speech in a vibrant cobalt blue dress in front of a plain wall at Tyler Perry’s LA mansion, where she is currently staying with Prince Harry, 35, and Archie, 1, Meghan told participants that they must challenge world leaders and executives to fight major issues including racial injustice and gender inequality, as well as gun violence, mental health awareness, and the reform of the criminal justice system.
The former Suits star also noted that any fight for change or social justice should be done with ‘compassion’, insisting that ‘compassion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel anger or outrage’ – but rather than you should ‘broaden’ those emotions into something positive.
Quoting the Dalai Lama, Meghan said that she, her husband and Archie would be cheering change-makers on, as she continued: ‘I challenge you to broaden that feeling. The Dalai Lama famously said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”‘
The duchess also addressed the ‘power’ of social media, noting that it has the potential both to ‘aid’ and ‘impair’ the fight for justice.
‘Our online role has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm,’ she noted.
Speaking about dealing with negativity in all forms, Meghan shared her advice for how to handle it, both in person and online, telling the summit participants that they must learn to drown out the ‘noise’ of negative voices and prioritize positivity.
‘We are not meant to be breaking each other down,’ she said. ‘Build each other up, support each other.
‘There will always be negative voices. Drown out that noise. Because that’s what it is, it is just noise. Your voices can and should be much louder.’
Meghan Markle’s speech extracts
‘It’s such a joy to speak to you today. To young women around the world who aren’t just poised to change the world; but have already begun changing the world. Last month I had the chance to speak to the 2020 class at my high school alma mater, which is an all-girls school in Los Angeles. I said that they shouldn’t see their graduation as an ending, but rather the beginning. The beginning of a journey where they can now harness their work, their values, and skills – all the skills they’ve learned – to rebuild the world around them.’
‘I say to you, keep challenging, keep pushing, make them a little uncomfortable. Because it’s only in that discomfort that we actually create the conditions to reimagine our standards, our policies, and our leadership; to move towards real representation and meaningful influence over the structures of decision-making and power.’
‘Despite what some might say, this reimagining is not a zero-sum game, where one side wins and the other side loses. Not at all. It is mutually beneficial and better for everyone.’
‘Your generation is often referred to as the digital natives, and you understand that our online world has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm. But we are not meant to be breaking each other down; we are meant to be building each other up. So use your voice both on-and-offline to do just that—build each other up, support each other.
‘There will always be negative voices and sometimes those voices can appear to be outsized, and sometimes they can appear to be painfully loud. You can and will use your own voices to drown out the noise. Because that’s what it is—just noise. But your voices are those of truth. And hope. And your voices can and should be much louder.’
‘Believing in true equality is not enough — it’s going to take more than belief, we have to work for it every day; even when it’s hard, even when it makes others feel uneasy. We have to speak up for ourselves and we have to speak out for others who struggle to be heard.’
‘Your gut will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong; what’s fair and what’s unfair. The hardest part—and it was the hardest part for me—is to chase your convictions with action.’
‘I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie, as you all continue marching, advocating, and leading the way forward.’