Meghan Markle's First Speech On The Royal Tour Was All About Empowering Women

Girl power.

Meghan Markle has just delivered her first speech as part of the royal tour and, true to form, the Duchess took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on women's rights.

With her hubby Harry by her side at Fiji's University of the South Pacific, the mum-to-be spoke about the vital importance of education for women and girls in developing countries as a way to ensure their economic and social success.

"Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive," the Duchess said.

"And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development."

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Meghan has long been a champion of women's rights. Source: Getty

The social media reaction to Meghan's words has been wildly positive, with many users calling the Duchess "a role model for the world ... a true inspiration!" 

Another praised her poise and said that she was "born to be a member of the royal family."

The Duchess has been a long-time advocate for women and girls, and has clearly embraced her new royal role as a way to further her cause.

In September Meghan surprised as all when she launched a charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook, which benefits the women and their families who survived London's devastating Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Before she met and fell in love with Harry the ex-actress worked with World Vision, One Young World and UN Women. She's now thought to be involved with a number of charity organisations in secret.

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Back in Fiji, Prince Harry was without his wife when he laid a wreath of poppies in honour of Fijian war veterans during a solemn ceremony earlier that day.

After her speech, the Duchess was planned to spend 15 minutes at a market in the island's capital Suva but it was cut short due to a "security risk" with the Palace blaming excessive crowds.

Meghan, who was flanked by security personnel, ended up spending six minutes speaking with vendors about a UN Women's project which promotes female empowerment before she was swept away.

Feature image: Getty

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Tour Fiji