The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, stressed the importance of women's education in developing countries, announcing today in Fiji two new university scholarships during a tour of Oceania with her husband Prince Henry.
"Everyone should have the opportunity to get the education they want, but even more, the education they are entitled to, and for women and girls in developing countries this is vitally important," Meghan said in a speech at the University of the South Pacific in Suva.
"When girls have the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures," she remarked, recalling that she graduated from college thanks to a scholarship and her job to pay for her studies, reports Channel 9 on Australian television.
In that Fijian university, the royal couple also participated in an event on the effects of climate change, which affects many Pacific islands that are losing ground due to the increase in the level of the ocean.
Meghan, who for the day is wearing a traditional pink Fijian dress and franjipani flowers (Plumeria) in her hair, also visited the "Mercado por el cambio", a project of the UN agency for Women that promotes the empowerment of women in markets throughout the Pacific.
During the day, the couple also visited the War Memorial in Suva, where the prince placed a wreath of flowers and met with war veterans.
The prince also placed a plaque and planted a tree in the Colo-i-Suva forest in recognition of Fiji's contribution to the forest recovery project in all the countries of the British Commonwealth promoted by Queen Elizabeth II.
After their two-day trip to Fiji, the couple, who are waiting for their first child, will head to Tonga, before returning to Australia and visiting New Zealand during their tour of Oceania.