What Meghan Markle Said in Her First Appearance Since Bombshell Oprah Interview

Meghan Markle made her first television appearance at the weekend since her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

The Duchess of Sussex took part in Vax Live, an event in support of vaccination efforts around the world against the spread of COVID-19.

The pre-taped event took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and brought together celebrities and political leaders, including President Joe Biden, Prince Harry, Jennifer Lopez, the Foo Fighters, Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn, and David Letterman.

Meghan delivered a video message where she spoke about the importance of gender equity, combating COVID-19, and the importance of ensuring equal global vaccine access.

"The past year has been defined by communities coming together tirelessly and heroically to tackle COVID-19. We've gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter," Meghan said. "But it's going to take every one of us to find our way forward. As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it's critical that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety, and success of everyone, and particularly women, who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic."

Elaborating on how women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, Meghan also reflected on the "surge in gender-based violence, the increased responsibility of unpaid care work, and new obstacles that have reversed so much progress for women in the workplace, we're at an inflection point for gender equity."

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She added: "Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly five-and-a-half million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty."

Meghan then urged for a fair vaccine rollout in all countries.

"But if we work together to bring vaccines to every country and continent, insist that vaccines are equitably distributed and fairly priced, and ensure that governments around the world are donating their additional vaccines to countries in need, then we can begin to fully rebuild, not only to restore us to where we were before, but to go further and rapidly advance the conditions, opportunity, and mobility for women everywhere," she said.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) held on Sunday 8th March, on March 6, 2020 in London, England. Ben Stansall/Getty Images

On a more personal note, she spoke about her pregnancy with husband Prince Harry and of her hopes to bring her daughter up in a more equal world.

"My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter," she said. "It's a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the other families around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward.

"Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up and to set all of us up for a successful, equitable, and compassionate tomorrow."

Meghan ended her speech with a call to action regarding "connecting as a community."

"For most of us, this means our local community—our loved ones, our neighborhood, but let's also think about our global community," she said. "Across the world, we've struggled together. Now, we deserve to heal together. We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger, that as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you."