Meghan Markle addresses her new Nigerian title in an emotional letter: ‘I treasure the name with grace’ | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Meghan Markle addresses her new Nigerian title in an emotional letter: ‘I treasure the name with grace’

Jun 02, 2024 04:14 AM IST

Meghan Markle's reacts to new Yoruba name through an emotional letter after Nigeria trip.

Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a special trip to Nigeria, a trip that has deep roots in Meghan Markle’s recent discovery of Nigerian heritage. During their visit, the couple visited Iwo, where Meghan received a distinguished honour.

Meghan Markle, center, Speaks with a woman during the Giant of Africa Foundation at the Dream Big Basketball clinic in Lagos Nigeria, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are in Nigeria to champion the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry founded to aid the rehabilitation of wounded and sick servicemembers and veterans. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)(AP)
Meghan Markle, center, Speaks with a woman during the Giant of Africa Foundation at the Dream Big Basketball clinic in Lagos Nigeria, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are in Nigeria to champion the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry founded to aid the rehabilitation of wounded and sick servicemembers and veterans. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)(AP)

Oluwu of Iwo presented Meghan with a traditional chieftainship, which was presented by Oba Abdulroshid Akanbi, the traditional ruler of Nigerian society. He was also given Meghan the Yoruba name Adetokunbo.

Following this special traditional Chieftaincy Title, Meghan expressed her gratitude in a heartfelt letter to Oba Akanbi. The letter goes like this, “Your Imperial Majesty, Thank you for your warm welcome to Nigeria. I am deeply humbled by your blessing of the traditional Yoruba name, Adetokunbo. I treasure the name and appreciate your trust in me to carry it with grace and dignity.” (Western Post first reported this letter)

“Our visit to Nigeria was important for many reasons, but not least because it gave us an opportunity to explore and understand my heritage, which extends to our children. We look forward to coming back home one day.” Meghan signed off the letter, which bore her official cypher, as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

ALSO READ| Supposed criticism of Meghan Markle's wardrobe by Nigeria's First Lady proclaimed false: ‘At no point did she say…’

The former royal couple's visit wasn't limited to royal ceremonies

The Sussexes also visited a local school, where Meghan shared her reflections with People magazine.

“I saw myself in them,” she said, referring to the students.

“I see the potential in all of these young girls—and, by the way, in these young boys as well. It's what we see in our own children—to give them that promise and excitement for their futures.”

Prince Harry also shared his thoughts on the visit expressing, “Trips are about us being able to go out and go and focus on the things that mean so much to us,” and the real change comes from “being on the ground.”

The Sussexes' visit to Nigeria aligns with their foundation's mission, Archewell. Recently, Archewell partnered with the Geanco Foundation to lead surgical missions, promote maternal health, and provide scholarships to young female victims of terrorism in Nigeria.

ALSO READ| What If Meghan Markle became Princess…

Reflecting on their charity work, Meghan highlighted their overarching goal through Archewell: to “show up, do good,” and their commitment to “taking action and using our unparalleled spotlight to uplift and unite communities.”

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on World News, US News , Hollywood News , Anime and Top Headlines from around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On