By and large, members of the royal family are not supposed to make political statements—it’s why you don’t see Queen Elizabeth taking a side in Brexit and why Prince Charles’s “black spider memos” to British politicians caused a minor monarchal crisis back in 2015. But today, during an engagement alongside Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry, Meghan Markle took a clear stance on the most defining issue of the moment: #MeToo.

“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment—you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices,” she said. “I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be urged to listen.

“Right now, with so many campaigns like #MeToo and Time’s Up, there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them.”

While many people wouldn’t describe #MeToo as a political issue—rather a universal one—the royals have been treading carefully on the subject until now. When the majority of attendees at the 2018 BAFTA Awards wore black in support of the initiative, Kate Middleton opted for an emerald-green dress with a black sash. It was more of a subtle nod than a statement—and it caused a polarizing response on social media, with some saying she should have taken a stronger stance for female empowerment. (However, actress Allison Janney swiftly came to her defense: “I would never judge anyone’s choice of clothing,” Janney told reporters. “She looked absolutely beautiful, and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again. She’s an extraordinary woman. And she can wear whatever she wants.”)

Prince William, too, played it safe that night. He alluded to #MeToo in his foreword in the ceremony’s program—“As president, I am proud of the leadership BAFTA have shown on this; in a year which rocked the industry as many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment, and abuse despite the risk to their professional careers and reputations”—but strayed away from actually addressing it by name.

In her first appearance as part of the Royal Foundation, however, Markle did not mince words or project ambiguity. She said it loud and clear that she, likely duchess-to-be Meghan Markle, acknowledges and supports those exact watershed movements. Whether or not this ruffled any feathers with the royal family is unknown—however, since these appearances are highly orchestrated, it’s unlikely that Kensington Palace or her blue-blooded panel mates were in the dark. Yet the significance was still there: The royal family will be joining the fight against the abuse of women in the workplace.

As a former actress, it’s no doubt that the allegations in Hollywood hit close to home—perhaps why, unlike her sister- and brother-in-law, Markle didn’t hesitate to commit to them fully, or perhaps why the royal family could have dubbed her the perfect person to speak out about them. Whatever the reason, it’s not out of character: Markle has been outspoken about women’s rights for years. In 2015, she gave a rousing speech in front of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, where she proclaimed: “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it.”

And, it looks like as a royal, Markle will try to stay true to her word—perhaps even despite tradition, despite precedent, or despite fear of ruffled feathers.