Before she was an established actress, humanitarian, and future member of the British Royal Family, Meghan Markle was a fighter for justice. At the age of 11, she found an Ivory dishwashing liquid commercial with the tag line, "Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans" rather offensive. Young Markle sprang into action and began writing letters. She wrote to First Lady Hillary Clinton, Attorney Gloria Allred, Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee, and to Ivory soap's company, Procter and Gamble. And? Markle got the results she was looking for.
At a 2015 UN Women's conference on International Women’s Day, Markle recounted the story:
Markle said in her speech:
My eleven-year-old self worked out that if I really wanted someone to hear me, well then I should write a letter to the First Lady. I also put pen to paper and I wrote a letter to my news source at the time, Linda Ellerbee, who hosted a kids news program, and then to powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred, because even at eleven I wanted to cover all my bases.
Finally I wrote to the soap manufacturer. And a few weeks went by and to my surprise I received letters of encouragement from Hillary Clinton, from Linda Ellerbee, and from Gloria Allred. It was amazing. The kids news show, they sent a camera crew to my home to cover the story, and it was roughly a month later when the soap manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, changed the commercial for their ivory clear dish washing liquid. They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America’. It was at that moment that I realised the magnitude of my actions. At the age of eleven I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.
Here's a clip of Inside Edition covering the story from 1993, when Ellerbee invited Markle to Nick News:
People around the world just fell in love with her all over again:
Fans just knew Markle was destined to be some sort of royalty:
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