Queen Elizabeth just appointed Meghan Markle to a new role as Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan just got a significant new job this International Women’s Day. Well, it was quite an unexpected thing that happened.
The Palace announced this morning that Her Majesty herself has appointed Meghan as vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. This Trust focuses on supporting young leaders. Meghan’s husband Prince Harry is president, and the Queen is a patron of the organisation. The organisation detailed Meghan’s new role on its site.
The site gave an outline of the Duchess of Sussex’s new role, saying:-
“The Duchess will highlight the Trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth. And in particular its work supporting women and girls”. In celebration of International Women’s Day and to mark this appointment, Meghan will this afternoon join a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists”.
The panel had been announced in advance. Although Meghan’s new role as the organisation’s vice president was only revealed this morning. The soon-to-be mother will be joined on the panel with Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah, Julia Gillard, Chrisann Jarrett, and Angeline Murimirwa.
This new role isn’t her first one.
It comes just two months after Meghan announced her first four patronages as the Duchess of Sussex. She is now patron of the Mayhew, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, and the National Theatre.
Still, the new appointment is a big move for her. As she is also a longtime feminist who worked with UN Women before joining the royal family. At the Royal Foundation Forum with Harry, Kate, and William last year, Meghan spoke for the first time about where she’d like to focus on.
It was of course on supporting women and girls globally.
“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s’ empowerment. You’ll often hear people say well, you’re helping women find their voices. And I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices. They already have a voice”.
“They need to be empowered to use it. And people need to be encouraged to listen. I think, right now in the climate that we’re seeing so many campaigns like ‘MeToo’ and ‘TimesUp’. And there’s no better time than now to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them”.