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Watch an 11-year-old Meghan Markle rip into sexist commercials on Nickelodeon in 1993

Before her royal engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was more or less known to the public as “supporting actress on USA series we didn’t know was still on.” It turns out, however, that Markle played a more important role much earlier in her career: In a 1993 appearance on Nick News With Linda Ellerbee, the then-11-year-old proved that acting isn’t the only skill in her quiver.


Inside Edition dug up the clip, which tells the story of how Markle wrote a letter to Proctor & Gamble after seeing a commercial for Ivory dish soap that implied doing dishes was a woman’s job. Her efforts led to the company changing the commercial, swapping out “women” for “people.” Interviews with the pre-teen Markle find her lamenting the role of women in society as portrayed by many ads.

In a new interview with Inside Edition, host Ellerbee recalled Markle and the episode. “She believed in women, she believed in her own power,” she said, “and she wasn’t afraid to reach out and say, ‘I want my power and I want my rights.’”

Even if you’re not impressed by the prospect of a royal wedding, you can at least be impressed by her.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.