WATCH On Women’s Day, Meghan Markle Hopes for Feminist Royal Baby

LONDON – Meghan Markle said on Friday she hoped the baby she is expecting this spring with Britain’s Prince Harry will follow in her feminist footsteps.

Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leaves after an International Women’s Day panel discussion at King’s College London, in London, Britain, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion at King’s College London, in London, Britain March 8, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS/Pool via REUTERS

The former “Suits” actress made the comment during an International Women’s Day panel discussion at King’s College London.

Asked how her “bump” was treating her, Meghan told the audience: “very well”.

Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion at King’s College London, in London, Britain March 8, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PoolÊvia REUTERS

“I’d seen this documentary about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism’,” she said.

“I love that. So boy or girl or whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case, with our little bump.”

WATCH Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex on International Women’s Day

The 37-year-old, who married Prince Harry last May, has long been vocal about women’s causes and in January became the royal patron of Smart Works, a charity helping long-term unemployed women.

Others on the panel, which touched upon gender equality and the obstacles women face, included singer Annie Lennox, model Adwoa Aboah and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It was convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

British journalist Anne McElvoy, Camfed Regional Director Zimbabwe’s Angeline Murimirwa, British campaigner Chrisann Jarrett, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pose before a panel discussion at King’s College London, in London, Britain March 8, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PoolÊvia REUTERS

On Wednesday night, Prince Harry and Meghan joined celebrities including model Naomi Campbell and singer Liam Payne at an event celebrating young people’s involvement in bringing about positive social change.

Over 12,000 students and teachers also attended WE Day UK at the SSE arena in Wembley, London.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Harry gave a speech and was later joined on stage by his pregnant wife, who made a surprise appearance after not originally being expected to attend.

Harry’s older brother Prince William and wife Kate meanwhile, were braving the rain in the northern seaside town of Blackpool where they visited the landmark beachfront tower and watched a display of ballroom dancing.

Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Britain, March 6, 2019. Charlotte Graham/Pool via REUTERS
Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the ballroom at Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Britain, March 6, 2019. Charlotte Graham/Pool via REUTERS

(Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by John Stonestreet)

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