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Buckingham Palace gives the green light for Meghan to continue championing feminist causes

The Duchess of Sussex is expected to continue championing feminist causes as part of her royal platform, if her official biography on the Royal Family’s website is any indication.

The web page, published in the hours immediately following her wedding on Saturday, lists her feminist accomplishments, including the now-famous quote, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

The Duchess of Sussex gave up the charitable organisations she’d worked with prior to her engagement and is expected to announce her initial group of patronages after she returns from her honeymoon. Her first patronage will be when she officially becomes the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – soon to be renamed to incorporate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As the newlyweds met with charity representatives at their reception, Meghan reportedly chatted with the Diana Awards representatives and told them that she’d love to get involved with their work, telling them, “That’s why I am here, bring it on.”

Her biography states that she has been focused on women’s empowerment and social issues from a young age.

“The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work. Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid,” the biography states.

In 2015, she was named the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership and gave a speech on International Women’s Day in New York.

The Duchess of Sussex also worked closely with the Myna Mahila Foundation, a charitable organisation in Mumbai that works to create “access to menstrual hygiene products and employment opportunities.” It was one of the charities that Prince Harry and Meghan asked the public to donate to in lieu of wedding gifts.

Meghan will undertake her first official engagement as a member of the Royal Family tomorrow when she attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honour of her father-in-law’s 70th birthday.

She and Prince Harry will then leave for a honeymoon before throwing herself into work. This fall she will undertake a tour of Australia as the couple visits for the Invictus Games.

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.