The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will welcome those in the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to Buckingham Palace this summer, continuing the role started by the Queen during her lifetime of service to the Commonwealth nations.
Prince Harry became the patron of the programme in 2018, which sees “exceptional” young people receive honours for the work they do in their respective Commonwealth nations.
Meghan – whose relationship with the Queen is going from strength to strength – will take over the role from the Queen, which is said to be a job that has been close to her heart since it started five years ago.
Meghan will attend the reception for the first time, as the newly-wed couple prepare to continue the work of the Monarch.
The programme, which started in 2013, honours those who have made changes to their communities, including mental health advocacy, tackling violence against women and saving lives.
The Duke of Sussex said he was “hugely optimistic” about the programme’s future and for the couple to set an example for future Commonwealth generations to come.
He said: “I have really enjoyed meeting so many of them over the past four years and their passion and understanding always leaves me hugely optimistic about the future.
“I have seen time and time again that today’s generation understands something very important: that to tackle a big issue, you need to focus on the root causes of the challenge and not its symptoms.
“Mama”: The duchess of Sussex enjoys a giggle with the Queen in Chester as they appear ever-closer
“The Queen’s Young Leaders are having an incredible impact in their respective countries because they have adopted this mindset.”
It’s the latest honour to fall upon Ms Markle, showing she has gained the trust of the Queen since she married Prince Harry in Windsor on May 19.
Her Majesty and the Duchess were spotted giggling together as Meghan accompanied the monarch on her first engagement – the opening of a bridge in Cheshire.
She travelled with Queen Elizabeth II, 92, to Cheshire on the Royal Train sleepover – the monarch’s private train.
The Duchess of Sussex then attended Royal Ascot together together on the Queen’s first day of her favourite event of the year.
It was also revealed that, much like Princess Diana, will she be calling the Queen by a very sweet nickname.
Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine, told Grazia that Meghan may be permitted to call the Queen “Mama”.
This is an epithet used by those close to the Queen, according to the royal expert.
Meghan and the Queen’s relationship has strengthened since the former-actress married Prince Harry
Meghan is required to undertake six months of royal training by a senior Palace staffer, which was described as “gruelling” and tough”.
But it seems the training is paying off, as her bond with Elizabeth II grows ever stronger.
Royal expert Judi James told the Express body language signals given off by the Duchess show she is passing tests with flying colours as she is transformed from LA actress to British duchess.
She said: “Her trip with the Queen seems to have modified her handshaking techniques, with the increased distance plus the softer looking grasp being very much a signature ritual of the Queen.”