Meghan Markle wows Queen, gets new role in the Queen's Young Leaders programme

In past years, the Queen has been known to welcome the participants of the Queen's Young Leaders programme to Buckingham Palace but now Meghan and Harry get the honor


                            Meghan Markle wows Queen, gets new role in the Queen's Young Leaders programme
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II (Source:Getty Images)

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth's newfound friendship, it seems, is moving in a more trusted direction, as the news of her being bestowed with an important royal duty by the royal matriarch, has emerged. It might have started on the day of Harry and Meghan's royal wedding rehearsal, when the majesty was pictured arriving in her Range Rover along with the bride's dog, a rescued beagle named Guy, sitting beside her. The closeness has reached a level where the two royals were pictured sitting next to each and sharing a good laugh during their first official engagement together and also Meghan's first solo appearance, sans Prince Harry. 

Their bond may have been the reason why her Majesty chose to let the Duchess of Sussex take her place and carry out one of her own royal duties. According to the Express, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry "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."

Queen Elizabeth II sits and smiles with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Express further reports that the particular programme aims at recognizing the work of exceptional young people and the work that they do within the Commonwealth nations. It was initially started by the monarch five years ago during her lifetime of service to the Commonwealth nations, reported the publication. 

In past years, the Queen has been known to welcome the participants of the Queen's Young Leaders programme to Buckingham Palace, which is now going to be a responsibility and honor that will be carried out by the newly-minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and, Meghan.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the prize ceremony of Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry was handed the responsibility of the program earlier this year in April. Speaking about it, the young royal had 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,” Express quoted him as saying.

Back then he dropped a hint about his wife eventually join him working on the programme. "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 had said. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

It seems like Meghan worked her charm over the royal family matriarch when she and Harry set out on their first royal engagement in Chester together recently. The pair traveled overnight by train for a day of Royal engagements - the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse in Chester. 

For their first royal engagement together, the Queen provided Meghan with a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings, which appear to be a smaller version of her own. The Queen is very rarely seen without her pearl accessories and she frequently pairs her necklace and matching earrings on Royal outings. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

While the Queen and Meghan were on their first royal engagement visit to Cheshire, Meghan could be seen taking on the "duchess slant". Of course, her grandmother-in-law was very pleased with Meghan's posture and had a huge smile on her face as the two chatted with each other while attending the event. 

Meghan has also announced that she, along with her husband Prince Harry, would soon be taking off to fulfill their personal royal duties, i.e., their first royal tour as a wedded couple. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn," Kensington Palace said in their full statement.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

"Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."

Meghan and Harry's royal tour, however, will coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games, which are scheduled to take place in Sydney from October 20 to October 27. This year's games would be a big milestone for the couple since the two made their first joint appearance as a couple at last year's installment in Toronto.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Royal Albert Hall to attend a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's 92nd birthday on April 21, 2018 in London, England. The Queen and members of the royal family are guests of honour at the celebration, which is being billed as The Queen's Birthday Party. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)