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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle surprises girls in Vancouver with 'heartfelt' chat

She held a a heartfelt discussion panel about justice and equality for girls in Canada.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, speaks during an Archewell Foundation panel discussion in New York City on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, about how social media can harm young people. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visited a Vancouver non-profit organization. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Meghan Markle is advocating for Canadian girls.

Earlier this week, the Duchess of Sussex surprised Vancouverites with an unannounced visit to local non-profit organization Justice for Girls.

After an evening of cheering on the Canucks at Rogers Arena, the mom-of-two spent Tuesday afternoon engaging in a heartfelt discussion panel about justice and equality for girls in Canada.

VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 20: Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, reacts during the NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on November 20, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)
Markle attended an NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

Justice for Girls shared a message on X (formerly Twitter), describing Markle's visit was as an "engaging and heartfelt conversation about equality for girls in Canada [and] around the world."

The organization detailed how Markle, alongside interns and staff, delved into Justice for Girls' extensive work.

"Together with our teen interns, staff, directors, and board members, we talked about Justice for Girls’ decades of work advocating for girls’ access to education, freedom from violence, Indigenous rights, and environmental justice," the non-profit shared.

They recalled a particularly powerful moment when Markle spoke with two of the organization's teen interns about their struggles for justice. A representative said, "Her genuine and understanding approach left the girls feeling heard, supported, and inspired."

Some X users were happy to see Markle's involvement in Canada.

"Meghan has always been about supporting and uplifting women. She has been a firm voice since she was a child… well done to JFG organisation as well for all you do," one person replied to the tweet.

"Lovely to see partnerships like these continue to thrive," another added.

Markle, a steadfast feminist advocate for gender equality, has consistently used her platform to support women's causes. This surprise visit only adds to her history of supporting Vancouver-based women's organizations, including visits to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in 2020 and previous discussions at Justice For Girls.

"Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership," Justice for Girls tweeted after Markle's 2020 visit.

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