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Meghan Markle opens up over LA Riots in emotional message - 'Those memories don't go away'

Meghan delivered a heartfelt speech to students who are graduating from her former high school, Immaculate Heart High School in LA. The Duchess of Sussex' address was heavily focused on the ongoing protests in the US after the death of George Floyd. 

"And I remember seeing a man in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles.

"And I remember pulling up to the house and seeing the trees, that have always been there, completely charred.

"And those memories don't go away." 

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Meghan then expresses her deep sorrow the fact that 20 years later, teenagers still need to live through riots and racist acts. 

She said: "And I can't imagine that a 17 or 18 year old, which is how old you are now, that you would have to have a different version of that same type of experience.

"That's something you should have an understanding of, but an understanding of as a history lesson, not as your reality." 


While issuing a rallying cry to students, telling youngsters to speak up about their own experience with racism, Meghan recalled just how heartwrenching it had been for her as a teenager to see her own city, Los Angeles, to be at the centre of riots following a "senseless act of racism". 

She said: "I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.

"I was 11 or 12 when I - I was just about to start the Immaculate Heart Middle School in the fall - it was the LA riots, which was also triggered by a senseless act of racism. 

"And I remember the curfew, and I remember rushing back home, and on that drive home seeing ash falling from the sky, and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke coming out of buildings and seeing people rushing out of homes carrying bags and looting. 

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