Prince Harry called himself ‘a feminist’ during a visit to a women’s charity, and hugged or shook the hand of everyone there

  • The Duke of Sussex has declared himself to be a feminist.
  • He made the comment on a visit to a women’s charity in the north of England with his wife Meghan Markle.
  • The charity’s CEO told INSIDER that the royal couple’s visit was “life-changing.”

Whilst the Duchess of Sussex is a famously outspoken proponent of gender equality, her husband has also now confirmed his support for women’s empowerment.

On a royal visit to Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, a women’s charity based in the north of England, Prince Harry called himself a feminist.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

“We were just having a conversation about equality and Meghan had said that it’s so important that men are behind us because it’s an issue that we’ve all got to deal with,” the charity’s CEO, Angela Murphy, told INSIDER.

“He just turned to her and said, ‘I’m a feminist.’ And she said, ‘yeah, yeah.’

“We all smiled because it was lovely to hear him say that in the forum we were in. It was lovely to hear him say it.”

Murphy said that Prince Harry was clearly very comfortable with the declaration, and she was impressed that he just said it without being asked.

“It’s showing his support for Meghan,” Murphy added, explaining that he agreed with everything his wife was saying about the role men have to play in fighting for gender equality.

Prince Harry with women of the Tomorrow's Women Wirral charity

While the visit was led by the Duchess, Prince Harry’s support was apparently clear, and he also made time to speak to every member of the charity’s all-female staff.

“He made every woman in here feel very, very special,” Murphy said. “He made sure he either hugged them or shook their hand, and he was so attentive to everybody, listening intently.”

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The impact of the royal visit cannot be understated for the charity.

“We’ve never had a royal visit here before and they just put everyone at ease,” Murphy explained. “This is life-changing, we’ll remember it forever, and the women know they have got a voice that’s heard.

“The women were empowered by that couple being here. It was a truly amazing day.”

Prince Harry talks to members of the Tomorrow's Women Wirral charity

It’s not the first time Prince Harry’s feminist credentials have been made public – on a royal visit to Cardiff, Wales in January 2018, Markle told a fan her then fiancé was a feminist: “He’s a feminist too,” she said.

The previous week, upon visiting a south London radio station,Prince Harry said: “As males we have to do our part or it’s not going to work.”