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Meghan undertakes first engagement since ITV documentary

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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The Duchess of Sussex attended her first public engagement since the broadcast of an ITV documentary in which she talked about the pressures royal life has brought with it. On Tuesday she took part in the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit in London.

Attending in her capacity as Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Meghan joined in the festivities for the opening ceremony that saw speeches by the Summit’s co-founders and musical and dance performances.

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Meghan was introduced last after all of the other 2019 Counsellors, a list that included people like Bob Geldof and Ellie Goulding. She will host a roundtable discussion later this week during the four-day Summit to talk about gender equality and gender equity.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust partnered with the One Young World Summit to arrange for 53 young people from across the Commonwealth to attend this year’s event. Per the Summit’s website, “these leaders…are delivering tangible impact on the organisation’s key focus areas: achieving change through sport, preserving and protecting the environment, creating healthier communications and increasing access to quality education.”

Meghan previously attended the One Young World Summit in 2014 in Dublin, and in 2016 in Ottawa. In Dublin, she spoke about women’s issues and how men can help to achieve equality.

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She said previously that, “When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World my response was a resounding ‘yes’. One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good. They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”

Over 190 countries are participating in this year’s One Young World Summit, representing over 2,000 youths. Topics of discussion over the week include ways to help implement the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030; environmental impact, such as climate change and plastic use; volunteering; and work.

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