Duchess Meghan sat down for a backyard conversation with her new friend, Gloria Steinem, about women’s rights and voting as the newly returned American royal moved deeper into a politically and socially active lifestyle.
And we got to see her dogs, too: Guy the beagle and Pula the black Labrador, who trotted into the shot, sat down at her feet and could be heard panting loudly on the video clip posted on Twitter.
The black-and-white video of the meeting showed Meghan and Steinem sitting across a table from each other outdoors and socially distanced. It is not clear when the encounter took place.
“Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and @GloriaSteinem discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women ‘are linked, not ranked.’ MAKERS has an exclusive look at that historic backyard chat!,” the tweet read.
“Meg, welcome home, I’m so glad that you’re home,” Steinem, 86, tells her.
“Me, too, for so many reasons,” Meghan, 39, responds.
The video was posted by Makers, a Yahoo-hosted site, described on its Twitter account as dedicated to “accelerating the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences that ignite passion and action.”
In other words, right up Meghan’s current alley now that she and Prince Harry and baby Archie, 1, have left behind the United Kingdom and constrained royal life and moved to Southern California in search of privacy and financial independence.
For Meghan, that has meant being able to speak out about issues such as voting rights, women’s rights and women’s empowerment, which would have been more difficult in the U.K. under traditions barring royal involvement in politics. Last week she appeared via video at an online event to encourage more people to vote. “We all know what’s at stake this year,” she said.
This kind of activism has inspired some gnashing of teeth in British tabloids; Piers Morgan, co-host of “Good Morning Britain,” a Daily Mail columnist and one of Meghan’s sharpest critics, called for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be stripped of their titles because of her “brazenly partisan” involvement in America’s presidential election.
According to the Makers tweet, a full transcript of Meghan’s Q&A with Steinem, the legendary American feminist leader, will be released Wednesday.
Ten days ago, while participating in a similar conversation with the co-founder of a new women-oriented media platform, Meghan mentioned she had been talking “recently” with her new friend Steinem.
Although it was not clear where the conversation with Steinem took place, the presence of the pooches means it could have been in the backyard of Harry and Meghan’s new multi-million-dollar home in Santa Barbara County’s Montecito.
Guy is one of the dogs Meghan adopted and lived with in Toronto for the years she was there filming “Suits,” the USA TV series she was co-starring in when she met Harry in the summer of 2016. Pula was adopted by the couple after she moved to London to join Harry in 2017, before they married in Windsor in May 2018.
Before she met Harry, Guy was a star on Meghan’s lifestyle blog, The Tig. She shut down the blog as her relationship with Harry grew. Pula has rarely been seen until now.
From the brief video clip, Meghan seemed to be excited about talking with Steinem.
“People forget how hard women like you and so many others like you fought for us to be where we are right now,” she told Steinem.
“If you don’t vote you don’t exist,” Steinem said. “It is the only place where we’re all equal, the voting booth.”
Meghan had a wide-brimmed sun hat and was dressed in white, including wide-legged striped pants. Steinem was all in black.