- Meghan Markle recently attended a virtual summit and discussed returning to the US amid the country's racial upheaval.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permanently put down roots, purchasing a home in Santa Barbara.
- Meghan said it was "devastating" to see what was going on but she is hopeful the peaceful protests will result in change.
Meghan Markle says "it's good to be home" in the US.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently purchased a home in Santa Barbara, California, and are in the process of setting up their new organisation, Archewell.
Meghan attended a virtual summit on Friday and spoke to co-founder and CEO of The 19th – a nonprofit newsroom reporting on the intersection of gender, politics and policy – Emily Ramshaw.
During their conversation, Meghan spoke candidly about race in the US amid the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others.
"To come back and to just see this state of affairs, I think at the onset, if I'm being honest, it was just devastating," Meghan said. "It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment.
"If there's any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role… it shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see that the tide is turning."
Meghan added: "From my standpoint, it's not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now is really – it's something I look forward to being a part of. And being part of using my voice in a way that I haven't been able to of late. So, yeah, it's good to be home."
Harry and Meghan have spoken extensively on racial injustice since their split from the royal family, who, when it comes to politics, generally remains strictly neutral.
But the Duchess of Sussex is also set to break royal tradition later in the year when she votes in the 2020 election.
"I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless," she shared on her decision in an interview with Marie Claire.