How Meghan Markle ‘stood up for the underdog’ as ‘leader’ in touching teacher revelation

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MEGHAN MARKLE’s former teacher revealed how the Duchess of Sussex was a “leader” who would “always stand up for the underdog”.

Californian teacher Ilise Faye made the comments about the Duchess in True Royalty TV documentary ‘Meghan for President?’. The head teacher of Hollywood Schoolhouse, attended by Meghan until she was 13, claimed the Suits star turned royal had always been determined to stand up for what she believed in. Ms Faye said: “She was one of those children that would stand up for the underdog.

“She would stand up for what she believed in, and she was a leader among her friends, her peer group.”

The teacher added: “School was important to her, learning was important and she had a voice.”

Ms Faye recalled a time when Meghan was inspired to protest the Gulf War when her friend’s brother went overseas to save in the army.

She commented: “She’s an incredibly clever, driven focused lady who throughout her life has wanted to bring about change.”

Her claims came after the Duchess was criticised for speaking out on certain issues.

Journalist Toby Young revealed in August that her “woke political agenda” caused “problems” for the royal family.

The comments on Meghan’s determined attitude come as the Duchess prepares to take a reported six week break from royal duties.

It is for some “much-needed family time” with Prince Harry and six-month-old Archie.

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Harper’s Bazaar reported the couple are set to spend the majority of the break in the US.

A source told them: “They plan to spend time as a family for their first break this year.”

They will spend Archie’s first Thanksgiving with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

The couple’s break will begin following this week’s annual Remembrance events.

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They will attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance on November 9 and the Remembrance Day Service on November 10.

The couple are expected to return to their royal duties and the public eye around Christmas.

It is customary for royals to take August off, but the Sussexes continued working during that time so their break will begin next week.

The reported break follows on from an ITV documentary about Meghan and Harry’s ten-day tour of southern Africa, which aired last month.

The footage from broadcaster Tom Bradby received a significant amount of criticism of the couple.

Speaking ahead of the programme, Mr Bradby, a friend of Harry, claimed the couple were “vulnerable and bruised”.

During the interview for the documentary, Meghan admitted feeling “vulnerable” during her pregnancy and thanked Mr Bradby for asking about how she was feeling.

Speaking about the couples recent public scrutiny, she said: “Thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess shared an inspirational quote about “courage” on their Instagram page.

It read: “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”

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