Meghan Markle: George Floyd’s life mattered

The Duchess of Sussex has delivered a passionate anti-racism video message after the death of George Floyd.

Speaking to the graduating class of her old school, she said: “I know sometimes people say how many times do we have to rebuild? We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt.

“Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.”

She recounted experiencing riots in LA during her childhood.

She said: “I was 11 or 12 years old and it was the LA Riots, which was also triggered by senseless act of racism.

“I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings.”

She added that students should have an understanding of that “as a history lesson, not as a reality”.

“I am sorry in a way that we have not gotten the world to a place where you deserve it to be,” Meghan said.

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