Michelle Obama and Meghan Markle hold a secret 'power meeting' in London to discuss shared causes
Former First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly met with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle when she was in London for her book tour on Monday. The duo's meeting is no surprise considering the Obamas have been on friendly terms with the British Royal family, particularly Prince William and Prince Harry. Markle's friend, while talking to Evening Standard, said that the Duchess of Sussex "had a long private audience with Michelle" after the former first lady gave an "inspirational" sell-out speech at the Royal Festival Hall. Markle attended the event too.
Reports state that the duo discussed shared causes, like the importance of supporting and empowering women across all cultures and communities. Considering Markle is pregnant at the moment, the pair is also believed to have shared their experiences about motherhood and raising children. They also talked at length about girls' education. Markle's friend also added that the Duchess and the former first lady formed a strong bond during their meeting and were expected to stay in close contact in the future.
Prince Harry, in particular, has met the Obamas on a number of occasions. He also interviewed former President Barack Obama during his visit to the United States to promote the Invictus Games. Harry conducted the interview in his role as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Michelle was reportedly scheduled to make two more stops during her Europe tour for the promotion of her new memoir "Becoming," however, the former first lady on Sunday announced that she was canceling those events to attend former President George HW Bush's funeral service in Washington DC in the coming days. The 41st President of the United States died on November 30, Friday, at the age of 94 and his body is set to lie in state in Washington, DC from Monday before his funeral on Thursday.
Announcing the cancellation of the events, Michelle tweeted on Sunday: "It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will, unfortunately, preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin.”
The former first lady released her highly anticipated memoir, 'Becoming', in November and the book has already become the best-selling book of 2018 in the United States, surpassing Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury'. Michelle, ever since the release of her book, has been on a multicity tour to promote her memoir.