Meghan Markle Writes an Essay on Balancing Fame, Philanthropy, and Advocating for Women

Meghan Markle describes how she’s learned to use her celebrity status as a way to help others in an essay on fame for Elle.

Markle, the Suits actress that is currently dating Prince Harry, writes that straddling the line between fame and activism “is a delicate balance.” “No, they are not mutually exclusive but guiding my heart through the swinging pendulum from Hollywood fantasy to third-world reality is challenging in its own way,” writes Markle.

She returns to her roots, explaining that she was raised to be a “global citizen” by her mother, a clinical therapist, and her father, a television lighting director who used to work on sets that offered their crew filet mignon and “enough sweets to make you think you were at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.” Now, Markle asks that her show’s executives donate any extra food items from set to the soup kitchens where she volunteers.

Markle explains how she came to understand how to uphold her responsibility as a woman with a platform and make a “tangible impact.” “The moment Suits became successful and I realised people (especially young girls) were listening to what I had to say, I knew I needed to be saying something of value,” says Markle.  “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul. The degree to which I can do that both on and off camera is a direct perk of my job.”

“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.”

Read Markle’s letter in its entirety over on Elle.