The Duchess of Sussex has said the women of New Zealand who fought for universal suffrage are “universally admired”.
She said: “The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired.
“In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises.
“Because yes – women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”
She said that women’s suffrage is about not just the right to vote for women, but also about what the represents: “The basic and fundamental human right of all people – including members of society who have been marginalised – whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation – to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.”
Meghan ended the speech with a quote from Kate Sheppard, New Zealand’s most recognised suffragette who appears on their $10 note.
“‘All that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome’.” she said.
The speech was extremely well-received on social media, with fans praising the duchess for her address.
Harry and Meghan will continue their tour in New Zealand on October 29, exploring the countries smallest national park.