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Meghan Markle says ‘George Floyd’s life mattered’ in heartfelt message against racism

MEGHAN Markle has spoken out over George Floyd’s death saying “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing”.

The unarmed black man died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a cop was filmed kneeling on his neck during his arrest.

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The tragedy sparked widespread outrage and protests which have spread across the US and around the world.

And the Duchess of Sussex has added her voice to the growing chorus of outrage in a heartfelt video message to the graduating class of her former high school.

Meghan said: “I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart.

“And I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.

“Because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered… and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”

Meghan referred to a teacher from the school, who she says gave her the courage to speak out.

She said: "I was thinking about this moment when I was a sophomore, I was 15... it’s the year we do volunteer work.

"And I remember one teachers, Ms Pollia, said to me, ‘always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears’.

"That has stuck with me throughout my entire life and I have thought about it more in the last week than ever before."

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