Meghan Markle Says She Doesn't Want to Be Loved, She Wants to Be Heard

Meghan Markle says she doesn't need to be loved, she needs to be heard.
The Duchess of Sussex visited a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering women. Sussexroyal/Instagram

Meghan Markle has opened up again, this time to a reporter for the British publication The Telegraph.

The Duchess of Sussex, the journalist wrote, "told me that she didn't want people to love her — she just wanted them to be able to hear her."

The royal was visiting the Luminary Bakery, an organization that helps women stand on their own, and allowed the reporter to accompany her. 

Markle, 38, has recently returned from a trip to Africa with her son, Archie, and husband, Prince Harry. In an interview filmed there, she spoke of sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the constant scrutiny of being a royal. 

“One of the things I have realized since being here (in Britain) is that people have an expectation when I’m coming somewhere, so I’m like, 'Let’s just be really relaxed, keep everyone nice and chilled, because at the end of the day we’re all just women,'" Markle told those gathered at the event. "We all have a story to tell, and I feel honored that I am getting to hear yours.”

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of @LuminaryBakery as they celebrated the opening of their new location. It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with @luminarybakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as #ForcesForChange in the September issue of @britishvogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. Luminary Bakery - a sustainable grassroots organisation in the heart of London - is a beautiful example of community and uplifting those during hardship for the greater good. If you find yourself in the area, please visit and support the women of @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. Video © SussexRoyal

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Markle told the women at the bakery that she was one of them, despite recently becoming a royal. “I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding."

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