Duchess of Sussex just got a significant new job this International Women’s Day. Queen Elizabeth II herself appointed Meghan as vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Announcing the new appointment, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust tweeted: “We are delighted to announce that as of today The Duchess of Sussex will take on the role of Vice-President for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Please join us is welcoming Her Royal Highness to #TeamQCT.”
Kensington Palace confirmed the news: “On #InternationalWomensDay The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
“The Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President, exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world who are driving positive social change, serving their communities and providing hope, work and self-employment opportunities for others.”
Meghan will join husband Harry, who is president of the organisation, while the Queen is its patron.
This role comes just two months after the Palace announced Meghan’s first four patronages. She is now patron of the Mayhew, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, and the National Theatre.
The news comes moments before Meghan is set to join a discussion panel of leading feminists and national figures to mark International Women’s Day.
The Duchess will appear alongside singer Annie Lennox, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and others to debate a range of issues affecting women today.
Meghan, who is expecting her first child, is a proud feminist and has long campaigned for women’s rights.
When she was just 11 years old, she accused a washing-up liquid company’s TV advert of being sexist, with young Meghan’s campaign leading to it being changed.
Moreover, in 2015 she even became the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.
Last year, at the Royal Foundation Forum with Harry, William and Kate, Meghan spoke for the first time about where she’d like to focus of her work as duchess to be. And it was on supporting women, of coruse.
“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 have a voice. They need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”
Meghan also gave a powerful speech about women’s education at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.