Meghan Markle pens powerful essay against period shaming

The essay by Markle, 35, was released on International Women's Day.

She shared a statistic that when a girl misses school in India due to her period, "cumulatively that puts her behind her male classmates by 145 days."

"Beyond India, in communities all over the globe, young girls' potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world," Markle wrote in "How Periods Affect Potential."

She continued, "We need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls' education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.”

Markle described how many young girls embarrassed by their period avoid going out in public and sacrifice their schooling because they don't have proper access to sanitary napkins and tampons.

"All of these factors perpetuate the cycle of poverty and stunt a young girl's dream for a more prolific future," Markle noted in the essay.

Markle and Harry have reportedly spoken about both wanting children. The choice by Markle to post an inspiring poem referencing a daughter was viewed and commented on thousands of times on social media.