19 September 2020

Meghan pays tribute to ‘woman of brilliance’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

19 September 2020

The Duchess of Sussex has joined a number of famous figures in paying tribute to US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, following her death aged 87.

Meghan described the liberal judge and feminist icon as a “woman of brilliance”, saying Ms Ginsburg has been an inspiration to her since she was a girl.

Ms Ginsburg was the second woman to be nominated to the highest court in America and spent much of her career calling for gender equality.

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She died of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced on Friday.

A household name in the US, she was an unlikely cult figure among many young people, earning the nickname The Notorious RBG, inspired by the rapper Notorious BIG.

In a statement, the duchess said: “With an incomparable and indelible legacy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be known as a woman of brilliance, a justice of courage, and a human of deep conviction.

“She has been a true inspiration to me since I was a girl.

“Honour her, remember her, act for her.”

Dozens of celebrities have paid tribute to Ms Ginsberg and her legacy.

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Writing on Instagram, Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks said her death left her feeling “very much like I felt on the night my own mother died”.

She added: “I feel like someone punched me in the stomach.

“My tears have not stopped since a friend tip-toed into my room and said, ‘Stevie, Ruth died’.”

The singer said she had hoped to meet Ms Ginsburg “to hold her hand and give her a huge hug and thank her for all she had done for women and for all she would continue to do”.

Nicks added: “It is my great regret that I did not make the effort to go and try to meet her.

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“As with all legends, you think they will live forever, so you will get there in time.

“As a two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, the first female to be inducted twice, compared to 22 men having been inducted twice, I Stevie Nicks, induct Ruth Bader Ginsburg into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame of Life.”

Marvel star Robert Downey Jr shared a picture of the late judge alongside a quote said to have been made by her.

Downey Jr said: “‘Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ RIP, RBG.”

Mariah Carey also paid tribute, writing on Instagram: “Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG.”

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Julie Cohen co-directed the 2018 documentary RBG and shared her brief tribute on Twitter.

“WHAT A LOSS,” she said.

Cohen later posted a picture of her and her RBG co-director Betsy West with the subject of the film, writing: “Surely the smartest and toughest person I’ll ever have the privilege to know. Rest in Peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

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