“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.” Meghan Markle
Out of the many admirable attributes about Meghan Markle, her self-awareness and honesty stand out. She’s effusive in her commentary about what makes her happy, whom she loves, and her hopes and wishes for the world. That down-to-earth enthusiasm has always been there as seen in the videos of her childhood, speeches in school, and her interviews surrounding her acting career. That ability to reflect, never dimmed when her relationship with Harry hit the media circuit and her fame increased under the unrelenting scrutiny.
Meghan was never one to entertain the fantasy of a knight in shining armor coming to rescue her, or a prince searching for her to fit the glass slipper in order to be his one and only. She never took what she was blessed with for granted, wasting it on silly wishful endeavors. She also didn’t wait until she had such a public platform to do what was important to her.
With a mature sense and centering emotional intelligence, Meghan vows to use her fame with measured responsibility. Measured in that she will use her platform to elevate, to assist and give a needed boost, to inform and mentor, or to criticize and hold accountable, if necessary.
She hopes to be an inspiration because of her actions, not because of her position. And it’s certainly not because she has the title of duchess and the protocol of HRH. She was inspirational before she arrived. Those honorifics are the window dressing of an empty shop.
Her actions, the opportunities that she doesn’t waste, the public motivational platform that she has created are more important than what the gossip is.
For that, she has and will continue to inspire.