A number of prominent voices have spoken up about the death of George Floyd. Joining them is Meghan Markle. She spoke out about Floyd's death and racism during a recorded high school graduation speech.

In an address to graduates from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Markle expressed that she wasn't sure if she would say the right thing or if what she said would be picked apart.

"I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing," Markle said.

"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 don't know."

Markle then told a story about when she attended Immaculate Heart and was doing volunteer work. A teacher told her "put other people's needs above your own fears."

"The first thing I want to say to you is that I'm sorry," she said, "I'm so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present."

Markle shared her own memories of the Los Angeles riots in the early nineties, which also came in the wake of a violent racist attack by police officers.

"That's something that you should have an understanding of, but an understanding as a history lesson, not as your reality," she said.

Despite the memories of the riots and their parallels to today, Markle also said she remembered how people came together, citing examples from recent protests.

She also noted that this was not the end, but rather the beginning, and that the graduating class can now be part of the rebuilding.

"I know sometimes people say 'how many times do we need to rebuild?' But you know what? we are going to rebuild, and rebuild, and rebuild until it is rebuilt," Markle said.

"Because when the foundation is broken, so are we."

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