MEG'S BATTLE Meghan Markle reveals struggle to afford university during powerful first official Royal Family speech

The mum-to-be said she is 'fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling'

24 October 2018 - 08:37

PREGNANT Meghan Markle has today revealed her struggle to afford university during a powerful first official speech as a member of the Royal Family.

Glowing Meghan spoke about how the "journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one" during a trip to the University of the South Pacific.

She said: "I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world – myself included.

"It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition - that I was able to attend university.

"And, without question, it was worth every effort."

Following the speech Meghan made an appearance at Suva market.

But it was cut short due to a "security risk", with Kensington Palace blaming the huge crowds.

The 37-year-old was being given a tour when security forces intervened.

 Meghan speaks during a visit to the University of the South Pacific in Suva
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Meghan speaks during a visit to the University of the South Pacific in Suva

Harry, 34, had earlier laid a wreath and met Fijian war veterans without his pregnant wife.

Meghan who has already skipped events in Australia, arrived later in the day to give her first speech of the royal tour.

The couple were met by musicians and cheering crowds as they arrived to mark the university's 50th anniversary.

The mum-to-be arrived wearing a pink Figue Frederica printed dress and flowers in her hair, with Harry in a blue shirt.

 The touching wreath the Duke of Sussex laid at the Suva war memorial in Fiji
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The touching wreath the Duke of Sussex laid at the Suva war memorial in Fiji
 More than 1250 Fijians currently serving in the British Army and Harry paid tribute to their bravery
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More than 1250 Fijians currently serving in the British Army and Harry paid tribute to their bravery

In her speech Meghan added: "Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive.

"And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.

"Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development.

"Because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them."

After the uni visit Harry made a trip to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park with Meghan heading to the British High Commissioner's Residence and Suva Market.

She was rushed through her visit to the indoor market in Fiji's capital over apparent concerns about the location's security.

Earlier in the day Harry left a touching personal note during a wreath laying ceremony.

The duke laid the wreath on a hook on the memorial stone with a note reading: "In grateful memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

"Loloma kei na masu (Love and prayers)."

He then went to talk to Fijian war veterans, including a number who had served with the British Armed Forces.

The duke spoke of his admiration for the Fijian service personnel at the black tie dinner hosted by the president on Tuesday night.

In his speech, he said: "Your soldiers fought with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars and continue to serve alongside our soldiers to this day, with more than 1,250 Fijians currently serving.

"I must emphasise my respect, admiration and camaraderie with the Fijian soldiers that I served with in Afghanistan. We trained together, we fought together, and most importantly we laughed together."

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