Unearthed clip from 1993 shows Meghan Markle, 12, fighting TV advert sexism with letter


    The Duchess of Sussex, 12, describes her decision to write to Procter & Gamble after watching the advert for dishwashing liquid at school. In the interview, young Meghan says she was “furious” at the suggestion “women are fighting greasy pots and pans” – and asked the firm to change the line to “people are fighting greasy pots and pans”.

    She tells Nick News: “I’m Meghan Markle. I’m 12 years old.

    “Commercials – they do say a lot of things that most people don’t even notice. Mostly laundry and dishwashing commercials.

    “When I first saw the commercial, I knew something had to be done because I was furious.

    “And I said ‘Wait a minute, how could somebody say that? I think I’ll write a letter.”

    She recalled boys in the classroom saying in response to the advert: “Yeah, that’s where women belong – in the kitchen.”

    Her response to this was: “It makes me think that they’re going to grow up thinking that girls are less than them – you know, like boys are better than girls.”

    Three months after Meghan sent her letter, the advert was changed to her suggestion.

    And, 28 years later, in May 2021, Meghan and Harry’s non-profit Archewell Foundation announced a multi-year global partnership with Procter & Gamble, focusing on gender equality.

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    “While flicking through the channels we saw a commercial for the new Ivory Clear dishwashing liquid.

    “In the commercial they said ‘Women are battling grease’, meaning only women do dishes.

    “When I heard this, the boys in my class started saying ‘Yeah, that’s where women belong: in the kitchen’.”

    She continues: “So I was wondering if you could change this to ‘People all over America’.

    “Thank you,

    “Meghan Markle.”


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