Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the UK this week on their first working visit to the country as a couple since stepping down as senior royals in 2020.
The royal couple attended the One Young World Summit in Manchester and a private round table on gender equality on Monday to show their support for an organization the Duchess of Sussex has long championed. Meghan has been a One Young World counselor since 2014 and, in 2019, she also attended the One Young World Opening Ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall, hosting a roundtable for gender equality activists at Windsor Castle where she was also joined by her husband.
This year’s conference was held at The Bridgewater Hall and, during the opening remarks, co-founder Kate Robertson told guests that the “innovation and positivity in this room” can “build the world that future generations deserve,” before sharing a hug with Prince Harry. According to the organization’s website, this annual four-day summit is meant to be an opportunity for young people who are “responsible for shaping the future of our world, to come together to confront the biggest challenges facing humanity” and “to be inspired, share learnings, and connect. Together we raise the bar for what it is possible to achieve as leaders, individually and collectively.” The One Young World network was first established in 2009 and has since expanded to include over 13,700 ambassadors working on projects that have impacted 35.8 million people around the globe.
Meghan and Harry’s appearance at the event was just the first of many they have scheduled during this brief trip across the pond. When announcing the trip in August, a spokesperson for the Sussexes said they “are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September.” Following the One Young World Summit, the royal couple then traveled to Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday to celebrates the Invictus Games’s “One Year to Go” countdown event. Meghan and Harry walked the red carpet at the event hand-in-hand before being greeted by local officials at city hall, as well as a service dog named Loki wearing an Invictus Games bandana. They will head back to the UK on Thursday to attend the WellChild Awards.
This trip comes just a couple months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to Britain to participate in Queen Elizabeth‘s Platinum Jubilee. That trip also marked the first time their one-year-old daughter Lilibet Diana had been to her father’s home country and met both the monarch whom she is named after and her grandfather, Prince Charles.
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