Following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died while being detained by the police, Meghan Markle spoke out about racism during a speech to graduates at her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

After hearing the passionate speech that the Duchess of Sussex delivered, a royal expert claimed Queen Elizabeth would have supported Meghan if she was still a working member of the royal family.

Although the royal family typically tries to remain neutral in controversial issues, according to Express.Co.UK, Penny Junor claimed Queen Elizabeth would have made an exception for Prince Harry’s wife. The royal biographer claimed Meghan would have been allowed to voice her thoughts on the matter.

“I think she would ... I think these are sort of exceptional times and exceptional circumstances. I do think she could have done it if she’d been here, and it would have been perhaps even more powerful,” she said.

“I think it’s very powerful. It makes me sorry that she’s not speaking as a working member of the royal family. But it doesn’t matter, because she still is a member of the royal family. That’s why it’s so powerful. It’s a combination of who she is and what she is.”

Following Floyd’s death, there have been protests around the world calling for the end of police brutality and systemic racism. In Meghan’s speech to the high school graduates, she reflected on the current events.

“As we’ve all seen over the last week what is happening in our country, and in our state, and in our home town of LA has been absolutely devastating,” she said.

“I realized the only wrong thing to say, is to say nothing because 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 do not know.”

Meghan and Prince Harry officially stepped back from their senior royal roles at the end of March. The couple has since moved to Los Angeles to raise their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. Getty Images/Chris Jackson