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Meghan Markle has insisted what she says is "not controversial" – days after she and Prince Harry were roundly criticised for sharing a video on the US election.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, joined other speakers at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women virtual summit today, September 29.
She spoke about “humane tech” – thought to be a focus of her and Harry’s new non-profit inititive Archewell – and creating safer spaces online.
Meghan told Fortune Senior Editor Ellen McGirt: “It’s like we live in the future when you’re talking about bots and trolls and all of these things.
“It seems so fantastical, but that’s actually the current state of affairs and that is shaping how we interact with each other online and off — and that’s the piece that’s important.
“It is not just an isolated experience. It transcends into how you interact with anyone around you and certainly your own relationship with yourself.”
Meghan also addressed criticism she has received since stepping back from the Royal Family.
Most recently, she and Harry were met with a backlash after encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming November election.
US President Donald Trump himself chimed in, saying he wasn’t “a fan” of hers.
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Meghan continued: “If you look back at anything I’ve said, what ends up being inflammatory is people’s interpretation of it.
"But if you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial.
“And actually some of it is just reactive to things that haven’t happened, which – in some ways – I think you have to have a sense of humour about it, even though there is quite a lot of gravity and there can be a lot of danger in a misinterpretation of something that was never there to begin with.”
She ended the conversation with a quote from American artist Georgia O'Keefe: ″I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.″
- Meghan Markle
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