Video resurfaces of 12-year-old Meghan Markle being interviewed on Nickelodeon after writing to Proctor & Gamble asking them to change sexist soap commercial

  • Before she became engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was fighting sexism as a young child
  • Video emerged showing the soon-to-be actress as a young girl in grade school lobbying a dishwasher soap manufacturer to change its sexist commercial?
  • In 1993, Markle appeared on Nick News, an educational program for children that aired on the popular cable network Nickelodeon?
  • Markle is seen on Nick News while she and her classmates were watching a television commercial for Ivory dishwasher soap?
  • The narrator in the commercial declares that the soap is handy because 'women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans'?
  • Young Meghan sent a letter to soap maker, Proctor & Gamble as well as to famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and Nick News
  • Proctor & Gamble also responded by changing the wording of the commercial from 'women' to 'people'?

Before she became engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was fighting sexism as a young child, it was learned on Thursday.

Video emerged showing the star of the hit TV show Suits as a young girl in grade school lobbying a dishwasher soap manufacturer to change its sexist commercial.

In 1993, Markle appeared on Nick News, an educational program for children that aired on the popular cable network Nickelodeon.

In video unearthed by Inside Edition, Markle is seen on Nick News while she and her classmates were watching a television commercial for Ivory dishwasher soap.

The narrator in the commercial declares that the soap is handy because 'women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.'

Before she became engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was fighting sexism as a young child, it was learned on Thursday

Before she became engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was fighting sexism as a young child, it was learned on Thursday

Video emerged showing the star of the hit TV show Suits as a young girl in grade school lobbying a dishwasher soap manufacturer to change its sexist commercial

Video emerged showing the star of the hit TV show Suits as a young girl in grade school lobbying a dishwasher soap manufacturer to change its sexist commercial

In 1993, Markle appeared on Nick News, an educational program for children that aired on the popular cable network Nickelodeon

In 1993, Markle appeared on Nick News, an educational program for children that aired on the popular cable network Nickelodeon

Young Meghan sent a letter to the soap maker, Proctor & Gamble as well as to famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee

Young Meghan sent a letter to the soap maker, Proctor & Gamble as well as to famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee

Inside Edition obtained the footage from Ellerbee, who said she wasn't surprised by the stature that Markle would go on to attain

Inside Edition obtained the footage from Ellerbee, who said she wasn't surprised by the stature that Markle would go on to attain

A young Meghan was unhappy with the wording of the commercial, especially after two boys in her class said that it confirms the stereotype of women 'belonging in the kitchen.'

In 2015, Markle recalled the incident during a speech at the United Nations to mark International Women's Day.

'I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt,' Markle said in the speech.

'It just wasn't right and something needed to be done.'

In 2015, Markle recalled the incident during a speech at the United Nations to mark International Women's Day

In 2015, Markle recalled the incident during a speech at the United Nations to mark International Women's Day

She said her father inspired her to bring about change.

'He encouraged me to write letters, so I did — to the most powerful people I could think of,' she said.

Young Meghan sent a letter to the soap maker, Proctor & Gamble as well as to famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee.

After Ellerbee received the letter, she and a camera crew from her show went to meet Markle.

Proctor & Gamble also responded by changing the wording of the commercial from 'women' to 'people.'

'People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans,' the revised ad said.

On Monday, Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement at Kensington Palace in London

On Monday, Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement at Kensington Palace in London

'I don't think it is right for kids to grow up thinking that mom does everything,' Markle told Nick News in 1993.

'If you see something that you don't like or offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference, not just for yourself but for lots of other people.'

Inside Edition obtained the footage from Ellerbee, who said she wasn't surprised by the stature that Markle would go on to attain.

'It was absolutely clear that this young woman was strong in her beliefs,' she told Inside Edition.?

'It didn't matter that she was 11 years old. She believed in women and she believed in her own power and wasn't afraid to reach out and say, "I want my power. I want my rights".'?

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