'Wonder if it was Hillary Clinton': Identity of 'influential' woman who advised Meghan Markle has Internet intrigued

After Meghan revealed that she was inspired by the 'influential' woman, social media users have turned into sleuths and started speculating who it could be

'Wonder if it was Hillary Clinton': Identity of 'influential' woman who advised Meghan Markle has Internet intrigued
Internet sleuths wonder if 'the very, very influential' woman who advised Meghan Markle to continue activism is Hilary Clinton (Joern Pollex and Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: In a recent episode of 'Archetypes' podcast on Spotify, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, unpacked the "Audacity of the Activist" while having a conversation with two women who are actresses and activists. During her discussion with Jameela Jamil and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Meghan, who has been quite outspoken about her activism, disclosed that she got some important advice ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018 from a "very, very influential and inspiring" woman. 

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"She said to me, 'I know that your life is changing, but please don't give up your activism. Don't give up because it means so much to women and girls,'" the woman, whose she chose not to name due to privacy, told Meghan, according to ETonline. "And I kept doing the work for women and girls because it matters, yes. But also, because she encouraged me to do so. And the collective voice of all of us telling each other that matters is perhaps the point. There's safety in numbers. But there's also strength in numbers," she added.

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The women spoke about the difficulties and the barriers that they had to overcome with activism. Jameela spoke about protesting against toxic diet culture and images influencing young women through social media. Besides speaking out against injustice, the 'Good Place' actress remained vocal about the treatment she saw Meghan face from the British media.  

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After Meghan revealed about being inspired by the 'influential' woman, social media users turned into sleuths and started openly speculating who it could be. They suspected Oprah Winfrey or Serena Williams, both guests at Meghan's 2018 wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor, could be one of the "inspiring" woman Meghan was talking about. Former US first lady Michelle Obama has also been tipped as a possible contender, according to Daily Mail. However, most of them though it could have been former first lady Hillary Clinton.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on November 10, 2021 in New York City.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on November 10, 2021, in New York City (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

"It's just, it's an unfathomable amount that you take Megan," Jameela told the host. "I can't believe it. And I fought back on your behalf for years before I'd ever met you because I was so outraged with the twisting of this, very normal, very kind, very civilized woman, that demonization. Just shows how afraid they are of you." She continued, "And I'm sure maybe you can't keep this in or whatever, but the treatment of you and I'm so sorry you've had to withstand it, has highlighted for us the intense unkindness and bigotry and misogyny of our media. And I think and I hope, and I feel faith, that tides are changing because so many of us are fighting back." 

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Jameela Jamil attends the FYC event for NBC's
Jameela Jamil attends the FYC event for NBC's 'The Good Place' at Saban Media Center on June 7, 2019, in North Hollywood, California (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Meghan concluded her episode with words of encouragement for women who are continuing to be vocal. "Our collective voice is our lifeline, women who are scared into silence remain silent," Meghan said, adding, "But if they know they aren't alone. If they know we are echoing their voice for the side of right, then it's no longer noise. Then what we're making together is music." 

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Twitter users also reacted to the podcast episode. One user tweeted, "I think Meghan Markle could have used a few more lessons before the wedding." Another user tweeted, "Exactly, in silence one can feel all alone. But, once they hear others speaking out against disparaging injustice a collective resounding response is innumerable. Women hearing others women speaking out against disparaging injustice is long overdue...and the time is right."

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A user wondered who the 'influential' woman was and tweeted, "Wonder if it was Hilary Clinton." "The β€œspectacle” or the wedding that took place 3 days before?" said another one.


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One user thought that Meghan was talking about Hilary and tweeted, "Think she's hinting at Hilary...righto..." "Is that 'very influential woman' Oprah, since her magazine has been pushing crazy PR of her 'activism' for the last month or more?" asked another user.

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"I suppose it's too much to hope that Michelle Obama puts out a statement along the lines of "no I didn't"..," tweeted another one. 


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