Meghan Markle is no stranger to the press. (That might just be the understatement of the year.) But even before she married into the royal family and became one the most well-known women in the world, she was a regular on red carpets and often spoke with reporters about her acting career, her lifestyle brand The Tig, and her humanitarian efforts.
Later this month, though, the Duchess of Sussex try her hand asking the questions in an interview with the 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, which launched this summer, and focuses on gender, politics and policy. As part of the 19th Represents Virtual Summit, Meghan will be speaking with the organization's co-founder and CEO, Emily Ramshaw.
"In the department of the surreal: The Duchess reached out to us; she said [the 19th's] vision of building a diverse and representative newsroom that covers women and other underserved people with nuance + empathy spoke to her immediately," Ramshaw shared on Twitter.
"She asked if she could interview me on 'storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media,' and 'what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity and community at its core.'"
The conversation entitled "Behind The 19th*" will take place on Friday, August 14, and registration is open now at this link.
It's no secret that Meghan has struggled with the media since her relationship with Prince Harry was made public. In October, Harry issued a statement describing Meghan as a "victim" of the British tabloid press, and detailing "how painful it has been." The Duchess is also currently involved in two separate privacy lawsuits with various media entities.
But in spite of all that, the Sussexes have said they are still firm believers in a free press and the value of the media industry. "The Duke and Duchess believe in a free, strong and open media industry, which upholds accuracy and fosters inclusivity, diversity and tolerance," reads a statement from their website SussexRoyal.com, which was posted shortly after Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step back from their royal roles in January of this year.
"Their Royal Highnesses recognise that their roles as members of the Royal Family are subject to interest, and they welcome accurate and honest media reporting as well as being held to account if appropriate. Equally, like every member of society, they also value privacy as individuals and as a family."
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