"There are the women in my life that I want to celebrate with and send some love to today," the Duchess of Sussex said

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March 08, 2019 11:01 AM

Meghan Markle has big plans for International Women’s Day — and they include putting her feet up!

The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in late April, took part in an inspiring panel at King’s College London on Friday, joining a group of activists to discuss issues that affect female empowerment across the world.

Towards the end of the session, the panelists were asked how they are going to treat themselves on International Women’s Day. Host Anne McElvoy of the Economist, said to Meghan: “You’re still treating yourself to some rather fabulous shoes.”

“Thank you,” she replied with a laugh. “I think the real treat in and of itself is being able to be here — that is such a gift on this day. And then separate from that there are the women in my life that I want to celebrate with and send some love to today. But also the men who are championing all of us as part of this journey.”

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“And then I’ll put my feet up because that’s a deserved treat, especially in this stage of pregnancy!” she added as the crowd laughed.

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During the panel, Meghan commented on the topic of feminism among both men and women.

“I think it would be impossible to not have boys especially as part of this conversation because picture how much courage it takes for a young girl in a small village, where most of the girls haven’t gone to school, and they’re reaching out, doing whatever they can, walking miles to be able to get an education.

“It’s not just about girls going to school and becoming smart girls, it’s knowing that those smart girls become influential women and that ends up changing the world for the better.”

She continued: “There’s nothing threatening about a woman coming up to the same level, it’s our safety in numbers. Men are part of the conversation…my husband certainly is!”

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During an outing in Cardiff, Wales, last year, Meghan proudly stated that Prince Harry is a feminist.

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“He’s a feminist too, so there’s that,” Meghan told one fan, Jessica Phillips.

“She was so lovely,” Phillips said at the time. “I said it was really lovely to have a feminist in the royal family, and she said Harry is a feminist too.”

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Meghan has long been a vocal feminist, working with organizations like One World Vision to learn about the challenges women and girls living in Dubai and Mumbai. She also served as an ambassador for United Nations Women.

And when she was just 11 years old, she wrote to Procter and Gamble because she thought one of their advertisements was sexist. Her tactic was effective: The company ended up changing their slogan to make it more gender inclusive.

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