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A royal expert is speaking out this week to say that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have quietly launched a plan
to shift much of their focus to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Black Lives Matter has been gaining more traction than ever in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody last month in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a recent speech for graduates of the high school she once attended in Los Angeles, Meghan voiced her support for the movement by saying, "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 don't know."
Royal expert Katie Nicholl is now saying that Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, are getting ready to shift as much of their focus as possible to helping the Black Lives Matter movement. "The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we're going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest,"
Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight
. "They've been very busy with the COVID efforts, particularly how it's impacting on their charities. And their focus is now, I'm told, shifting onto this movement-Black Lives Matter is something that really resonates with both of them."
Nicholl added that though they come from two very different backgrounds, Meghan and Harry both have an interest in the movement. "They come in on this from different perspectives, Meghan as a Californian, Harry as an Englishman, both of them keeping abreast of what's happening, both here in the U.K. and in L.A.,"
Nicholl said. "But this is a campaign that matters to them. This is something they want to be more involved with and I'm told we're going to see them really focusing their energy on this over the next coming weeks."
Nicholl added that Meghan is particularly interested in the Black Lives Matter movement because she sees herself as a "role model" that can speak on the matter of racial equality. "She believes that there is an expectation on her to address what's going on and to [show] support," Nicholl said. "And that is what they're doing."
She went on to say that Meghan likely "anticipated" some backlash for her comments during the graduation speech "because there's always a backlash whenever she speaks about anything."
"It was obviously something she thought long and hard about,"
Nicholl continued. "This wasn't a snap decision to suddenly just make a very flippant comment, this is six minutes of carefully considered speech. As far as she is concerned, she feels that she has a responsibility to speak out."
This comes after Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles, California with their one-year-old son Archie. They are currently living in the $18 million Beverly Hills mansion of Tyler Perry while they look for a home of their own in the area.