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Full Meghan Markle International Women's Day panel

09 March 2019

Earlier today, during a Queen's Commonwealth Trust panel discussion regarding problems that affect women today, Anne McElvoy, the event's chairwoman and senior editor of The Economist, wondered if Meghan checks Twitter.

The panel also included activists Chrisann Jarrett, founder of Let us Learn, model Adwoa Aboah and Angeline Murimirwa, executive director of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in Africa, as well as former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and singer Annie Lennox.

The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by Lord Geidt, former Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II and The Queen's Commonwealth Trust chairman, as she arrives for a panel discussion convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day at King's College in London.

This comes after the Duchess said yesterday that she avoids social media and newspapers so she does not get "muddled" by the noise. "For me that is my personal preference".

More than a year after she shut down her social media accounts, she said she doesn't even look at Twitter.

'So for me, I think the idea of making the word feminism trendy, that does not make any sense to me personally, right?

"My personal decision is to not to feed into negativity and be more cause-driven, action-based".

In what might be taken as a reference to her relationship with Harry, who has spoken in the past about having Meghan working by his side, the duchess said during the debate: "This is really about us working together, that's what gender equality means to me". "Things that are really talking about how the role of women is really shifting and changing".

When asked how her pregnancy was going, Meghan replied: "Very well". Our little bump. So whether baby Sussex is a boy or a girl, the little royal will always be their "little bump".

Full Meghan Markle International Women's Day panel