The Duchess of Sussex spoke at the University of South Pacific.

She started with the traditional greeting of “Bula Vinaka.”

“As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” she said.

“From the moment you receive your acceptance letter, to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the life-long friendships you make with your fellow alumni, to the moment you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one.

“I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world- myself included. It was through scholarships, work study and my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university.

“And without question it was worth every effort.

“Everybody should be afforded the opportunity to receive education that they want but more more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and children in developing countries this is vital.

“Providing them with the access to education is the key to economic and social development because when girls are given the tools to succeed they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”