Awesome foursome! Harry and Meghan's first royal engagement with Kate and William goes down a treat
Meghan Markle was officially welcomed into the royal family by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
It may still be a few months before Meghan Markle officially becomes a member of the British Royal family, May 19, to be precise, but her would-be family is already taking her along on their public engagements. She attended the Royal Foundation’s inaugural Forum on Wednesday, February 28, along with fiancé Prince Harry, future brother-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Today at The Royal Foundation Forum, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle discussed why The Foundation was set up and their visions for its future.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 28, 2018
Watch it on Facebook here: https://t.co/AipgEZhjW9 pic.twitter.com/ROEsnR3Tb9
Meghan, who wore a beautiful navy-blue dress created by Canadian designer Jason Wu for the event, was introduced to those present at the event by the Duke of Cambridge. In a touching tribute to his sister-to-be, he said, "We’re particularly happy that it’s our first Royal Foundation Forum with Meghan."
The event, which was held at the St Helen’s in central London, followed the theme 'Making A Difference Together,' which is exactly what the Royal 'Fab Four' was hoping to do. It brought the representatives of various charities such as Heads Together, United For Wildlife, We Are Invictus, We Are Coach Core and the Endeavour Fund under one roof.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle begin their first royal engagement together as they arrive on stage at the Royal Foundation Forum in London, England. https://t.co/mIVA7ex77N pic.twitter.com/GEIlu0VdNF— ABC News (@ABC) February 28, 2018
The Royal Foundation Forum is an annual event, which was set up as an umbrella foundation by the royal brothers in 2011 to pursue all their charitable interests. Later in the year, the Duchess of Cambridge also became a key member of the forum after her marriage to Prince William on April 29.
Today we’re at The Royal Foundation Forum, which is bringing together all of its programmes, including #EndeavourFund to talk about how we can make a difference together.— Endeavour Fund (@EndeavourFund) February 28, 2018
We will be joined by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/bO57bSXDNU
Now, it looks like Meghan is joining the club as well. It was, after all, only a matter of time before she took an active role in the charitable activities of the royal family, considering she has been quite vocal about her need to give back and how she will use her new role to do exactly that.
She has, in fact, called the work the work her future husband, and brother and sister-in-law had already done “tremendous” and expressed her enthusiasm to begin her work. "I’ve just been here for three months, but it’s very important to hit the ground running," she said, revealed that she has already been working on charitable causes behind scenes long before making her public debut with the Royal Foundation.
"Even if it’s quietly behind the scenes, which is what I’ve focused my energy on thus far, it’s meeting with the right people and the right organizations and learning as much as I can so I can maximize the opportunity we have here to really make an impact," she said. One of the issues closest to her heart is women's empowerment and she spoke passionately about it at the event.
Meghan demanded that the royals use their popularity and authority to shine a light on women’s voices. "Women don’t need to find their voice, they need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen," the royal-to-be said at the event.
The retired actress also highlighted the #metoo and #timesup movements which gained momentum in Hollywood and has spread across the world. She said, "Right now with so many campaigns, Me Too and Time’s Up, there is no better time to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included in that."
#MeghanMarkle: “Women don’t need to find a voice - they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” She also referenced #metoo and #timesup. A good sign she may take this focus in her new role at the Royal Foundation.— Emily Nash (@emynash) February 28, 2018
Meghan has a history of working for the empowerment of women, be it as the Global Ambassador for World Vision or standing up to gender inequality at the young age of 11. We are quite inspired by the fact that she is taking her humanitarian efforts forward in her capacity as a future member of the royal family.
Even though Meghan and Kate were photographed together for the first time on Christmas Day after the service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017, the function also marked the royal co-sisters' first joint public engagement together. The respect and love the two have for each other was quite evident when they were on stage and people sure are glad to see the royal ladies getting along so well, despite reports suggesting they do not get along.
Moreover, Meghan seems to have impressed everyone with her oratory skills and genuine interest in changin the world for the better:
#Two beautiful ladies. 🌹— Ruth E Buckingham (@buckingham_ruth) February 28, 2018
She’s extraordinary!— Lucia💫 (@MyWildLove1) February 28, 2018
And doesn't she sound like she knows what she's talking about. Think Harry's met his match here. 😍— Potter63 (@pottery281) February 28, 2018
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