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Meghan Markle believes she was ‘destined’ to fight racism in US

The Duchess of Sussex wants to be at the ‘forefront’ of the anti-racism movement, it is reported (Picture: PA)

Meghan Markle reportedly believes her instinct to leave the UK makes sense now as she was ‘destined’ to help fight systemic racism in the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family at the end of March, spending time in Canada before settling in California amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former actress has allegedly told friends her ‘gnawing urgency to uproot from England’ was fate so she could be at the ‘forefront’ of the anti-racism movement in America.

A close friend is said to have told that the activist has been conversing with Oprah about how she ‘can be part of the solution’.

They said: ‘Meghan feels like her mission goes far beyond acting. She said she wants to use her voice for change and hasn’t ruled out a career in politics.’

The royal recently made a heartfelt speech to students at her old school about the death of George Floyd, an unarmed father who was filmed lying face-down on the road, begging for air with a white officer’s knee on his neck.

She said Mr Floyd’s death had been ‘absolutely’ devastating’ and his life ‘mattered’, as she delivered a video address to the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles in early June.

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Meghan and Harry stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family earlier in the year (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Meghan added she had been ‘nervous’ to speak out, but ‘the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing’.

She said: ‘I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t or it would get picked apart, and I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.

‘And so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.’

Speaking directly to students, she added: ‘Now you get to be part of rebuilding, and I know sometimes people say “how many times do we need to rebuild?”

‘But you know what, we are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.

‘You are going to lead with love, you are going to lead with compassion, you are going to use your voice.

‘You are going to use your voice in a stronger way than you’ve ever been able to because most of you are 18, or you are turning 18, so you are going to vote.

‘You are going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do, because with as diverse and vibrant and open-minded as the teachings at Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter.’

It comes as one of the royal’s closest friends, Jessica Mulroney, has her TV show axed after an argument about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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