The Duchess of Sussex was scheduled for a roundtable discussion yesterday at Windsor Castle with young leaders on gender equality and inclusion. To everyone’s surprise, the Duke of Sussex joined his wife for the conversations which were hosted by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World.
The Duchess joked at the beginning about her husband, thanking them for allowing the Duke to “crash the party.”
There were 10 young people, including Lanre Shaper who founded the Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative, and others from Bangladesh, Malawi, South Africa and Iraq who took part.
“All the issues that we are talking about around this table are systemic and take time to solve,” the Duchess stressed during the meeting.
“In terms of gender equality, which is something I have championed for a long time, I think that conversation can’t happen without men being a part of it,” Meghan said while thanking the group and explaining Harry’s surprise appearance.
“It is so important to have women in decision making and policy changing positions, as it really does effect the whole community, the whole country.” QCT president, The Duke of Sussex @OneYoungWorld #QCTxOYW #OYW19 pic.twitter.com/uDZeiyrdKo
— The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) October 25, 2019
While discussing equality, Prince Harry remarked, “It is so important to have women in decision making and policy changing positions, as it really does effect the whole community, the whole country.”
Those who attended said both the Duke and Duchess were very engaged, genuine and asked many questions.
After the roundtable had ended, SussexRoyal posted on Instagram, “This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time.”
The Duchess of Sussex was involved with One Young World before marrying into the Royal Family, and the Duke of Sussex is the President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Meghan also serves as the Vice President of the organisation. One Young World partnered this year with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to create scholarships “to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth.”
Her Royal Highness attended the discussions after attending 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday.