Duchess Meghan has had a rough few months, as evidenced in the recent Harry and Meghan: An African Journey documentary.
But in a recent article for the UK Telegraph, journalist Bryony Gordon who has known the royal mum-of-one since before her marriage to Prince Harry, revealed that Duchess Meghan is a "doer not a wallower" and that she's not seeking affection from people.
"She told me that she didn't want people to love her – she just wanted them to be able to hear her," Gordon writes.
"I have found that this is what the Duchess of Sussex stands for: using her voice to help give one to people less privileged than her."
The Duchess of Sussex has also made a point of forgoing formal royal protocol in favour of more natural, personable interactions.
Indeed, in a sweet moment captured on film from the One Young World Summit, Duchess Meghan greeted One Young World founder Kate Robertson whom she has known for five years with a hug and refused her curtsy.
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Duchess Meghan's desire to keep things informal and relaxed was echoed when she visited London's Luminary Bakery, dressed down in a chic shirt and jeans paired with trainers.
The store, which has a new location in London's Camden, aims to help disadvantaged women via their business model and equips them with job skills and confidence to succeed- a cause close to the royal's heart as she has been a longtime supporter of women's empowerment.
"One of the things I have realised since being here [in the UK]," Duchess Meghan began at the London store's opening, "is that people have an expectation when I'm coming somewhere, so I'm like, let's just be really relaxed, keep everyone nice and chilled, because at the end of the day, we're all just women. We all have a story to tell, and I feel honoured that I am getting to hear yours."
Duchess Meghan's candour has been applauded around the world, especially since she and Prince Harry announced that they were suing a British tabloid, alleging that it unlawfully published one of Meghan's private letters.
Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have even garnered the support of 72 female MPs from around Britain led by Labour MP Holly Lynch, via an open letter shared on Twitter.
"You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this. We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth."
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