Unless you‘ve been living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard of Meghan Markle. If you are a fan of the successful television series, “Suits,” she was on your radar long before the rest of us. But when the American beauty accepted Prince Harry’s marriage proposal late last year, she was thrust into the spotlight and, since then, has become an international celebrity. The world has worked up a voracious appetite for any and all information about this lovely new princess-to-be.
Markle, however, has been in the public eye a bit longer than you might think. And it’s all thanks to a Social Studies assignment she was given at age 11. Meghan and her classmates were instructed to watch various television commercials and give their impressions of the messages they were perceiving.
For Meghan, one particular ad caught her attention and set her on the path to not only her future career in television but also to her work as a social activist. The wording in one Ivory Dishwashing Liquid commercial was what rubbed her the wrong way. Beginning by claiming, “Women are fighting greasy pots and pans,” the commercial raised a red flag for this future feminist. Meghan objected to the fact that this ad, as well as many others, portrayed certain jobs as belonging only to women.
Even though her school assignment was completed, Meghan couldn’t get the commercial’s message out of her mind. Unable to let it go, she wrote a letter to Ivory parent company Procter & Gamble, explaining her objection, and politely asking if they would mind changing the word, “women” to “people.” And what do you know! They took the little girl’s advice! When the next Ivory Clear Dishwashing Liquid commercial dropped, it had substituted the word “people” in all references to the doer of dishes!
Her unlikely victory caught the attention of the producers of the Nickelodeon program, “Nick News” and featured her story in one 1993 episode.
Host, Linda Ellerbee, recalls her impression of the bold little girl. “It was clear that this young woman was strong in her beliefs. It didn’t matter if she was 11 years old.” Markle was already an attention-getter, even back then!
Proud that she was able to make an impact, Markle offered some words of wisdom to other children: “If you see something you don’t like on television or any other place,” she advised, “write letters and send them to the right people, and you can really make a difference for not just yourself but lots of other people.” Great advice for all of us!
Little did the adorable 11-year-old Meghan Markle know, that this leap of faith would eventually lead her to another impressive victory...that of snagging the world’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry of the U.K.
To see the entire story of how an unknown little girl from Woodland Hills, California, was able to change the culture of television advertising, just watch the video, below. Enjoy!!