Meghan Markle says she feels 'liberated' and doesn't pay attention to 'naysayers' anymore

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  • Meghan Markle says she's started blocking out the "vitriol and noise" to live a more purposeful life.
  • The royal recently spoke at a virtual summit where she shared advice on how to take a stand, even when you're constantly being knocked down.
  • Meghan said the key is to ignore the "naysayers" and once you do so "it's very easy to just live with truth and live with authenticity".


Meghan Markle got candid during a recent virtual summit on online misinformation.

Chatting to Fortune's senior editor Ellen McGirt at the magazine's Most Powerful Women virtual summit on Tuesday, she spoke about how the things she says isn't "controversial". "What ends up being inflammatory is people's interpretation of it," she said.

"You're not the only powerful woman who has had a sitting president take a shot at you, mobs come at you, powerful people and powerful forces try to take you down or try to disparage your message," Ellen said to Meghan, presumably referencing Donald Trump's jab at the royal last week. She asked what the duchess' advice is to others who want to take a stand.

"There are always going to be naysayers," Meghan replied. "But at the end of the day, you know, I used to have a quote up in my room many, many moons ago and it resonates now perhaps more than ever when you see the vitriol and noise that can be out in the world. It's by Georgia O'Keefe, and it's: 'I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.'

"The moment that you're able to be liberated from all of these other opinions, of what you know to be true, then I think it's very easy to just live with truth and live with authenticity, and that is how I choose to move through the world."

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