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Prince Harry Announces His and Meghan Markle’s New Royal Role

Meghan Markle has been adopting more and more royal duties as her and Prince Harry’s wedding date approaches. In December, she began attending public royal engagements with her fiancé, and in February, and she started working with the Royal Foundation alongside the prince and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Today, she and Harry officially take on another role: Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

The prince was appointed to the position by the Queen (AKA his grandmother) today after he helped open the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London. The event was part of the week-long Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which gathers leaders and representatives from the 53 nations formerly under the British empire.

 

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Prince Harry made a speech at the Commonwealth Youth Forum today, where he spoke about his new role as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. "As I travel around the Commonwealth in my work on behalf of the Royal Family, it is striking so see how different this generation of young adults are. You are connected, you have made positive use of technology to build relationships within your communities, nations and across the globe. You care, you want your nations to be cleaner, your planet to be greener, your friends and neighbours to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter their ethnicity, their religion, or their status." #CHOGM2018

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“In my new role, I will work to support The Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today,” Harry said in his speech.

But he added that he wouldn’t be starting on the new job alone. He gave a shoutout to Markle, who’ll be collaborating with him in the new position. “I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in,” he added.

It’s a fitting new position for Markle, who’s previously expressed interest in learning more about the Commonwealth. Although the bride-to-be wasn’t present at today’s induction, she’s slated to join Harry at the Commonwealth Youth Forum reception on Wednesday.

The Prince announced that his first duty as a Youth Ambassador was expanding the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme after 2019, adding 150 new awards “for study in low and middle-income countries” to last until 2025. The prizes are called The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships.

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