On Tuesday, Meghan Markle made her first public appearance since the airing of her emotional interview with Prince Harry in the United Kingdom over the weekend. The Duchess of Sussex attended the opening night of the One Young World Summit 2019 at Royal Albert Hall in London, stunning in a purple Babaton midi dress.
Aside from all of Meghan’s international royal duties she’s also the Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which is partnering with One Young World. The summit draws in 2,000 young people from more than 190 countries.
Over the weekend, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” aired on ITV across the pond and will air in North America on Wednesday. The documentary followed the royals’ recent journey to South Africa and the couple’s experience in the spotlight.
The topic of the press holds gravitas as Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, famously died in a car collision while being pursued by paparazzi.
The documentary revisits some of the African projects that Princess Diana was working on, but also covers Meghan Markle’s experience and difficulties with living a public life. Markle expresses the challenges of not only living in the media but also becoming a new mother and raising her child Archie with limited privacy.
One Young World works to highlight “impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.”
Right before the event, the Duchess of Sussex posted to the Sussex Royal Instagram feed about empowering women: “I think what scares people is this idea female empowerment is somehow threatening. No, it’s not. Empower the women, you’re empowering the community.”
Continuing, “And I think anything is possible, because with my small voice at 11 years old, we could do it – so I can only imagine what all of you are going to be able to do.”
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The Duchess of Sussex will attend @OneYoungWorld opening ceremony this evening to continue her support for this amazing collective of global youth ambassadors. Her Royal Highness was a counsellor for OYW in Dublin in 2014 as well as in Ottawa in 2016. This evening she again joins world leaders and activists to celebrate the youth of today as they tackle some of the world’s greatest problems. She is proud to attend as Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and to continue her long-standing commitment to this very important summit. Later this week The Duchess will hold a round table discussion with several of the OYW young leaders to address the issue of gender equity worldwide, and how we can all play our part to reach equality for all. Ahead of the opening ceremony tonight, we take a look back at some photos and moments from HRH attending One Young World in the past. Stay tuned for highlights from tonight’s event! #OYW2019 Photo ©SussexRoyal Video: One Young World
At the event, Markle stressed the importance of women’s rights and how accomplishing gender equality is the responsibility of everyone, not just that of women.
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BREAKING NEWS 💫 HRH The #DuchessofSussex will attend the #OYW2019 Opening Ceremony at the @RoyalAlbertHall in #London next week 👏 The Duchess first joined One Young World as a Counsellor at the 2014 Summit in Dublin, addressing young leaders on the importance of women's rights, and the role men play in achieving equality. We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming The Duchess back to #OYW for the 10th Annual Summit!
According to the Daily Mail, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a jammed-packed few weeks ahead but plan to have a six-week Christmas vacation.
Prince William mentions that this break is a good idea as his brother and sister-in-law seem to be in “a fragile place.”
Since Meghan has disclosed her struggles as a new mother in the media spotlight, Twitter has offered words of support and understanding with the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan.