Meghan Markle gave a commencement address on Wednesday as part of Immaculate Heart High School’s virtual graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.
In a video message recorded on her phone, the Duchess of Sussex, who is an alumna of the all-girls school, said she’d been planning on making a graduation speech for weeks. But after this past week, she knew she couldn’t speak to the young women without talking about George Floyd and social injustice. “As we’ve all seen over the last week, what is happening in our country and in our state and in our hometown of L.A. has been absolutely devastating,” she said.
She then admitted she “wasn’t sure” what she could say to the class.
“I wanted to say the right thing,” she continued. “And I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart. And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd‘s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor‘s life mattered, and Philando Castile‘s life mattered, and Tamir Rice‘s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know. Stephon Clark. His life mattered.”