The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has been appointed the role of Vice-President for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The new role will allow Markle to support women and girls around the world, through the trust’s work with young people across the Commonwealth.The trust works 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.
Speaking about the appointment, Nicola Brentall, the Trust’s Chief Executive said, “We are particularly delighted that the first opportunity of formally working together with Her Royal Highness comes on International Women’s Day.”
“This squares perfectly with our focus on amplifying the work and contribution of those furthest away from power.”
“Women across the Commonwealth and the globe often face the biggest impediments to success.”
“So we are delighted to have our vice-president’s support in helping others to overcome those obstacles.”
Lord Geidt, Chairman of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, said, “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is thrilled to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as its Vice-President.”
“The support and encouragement which Her Royal Highness will bring to the young leaders with whom we work promises to have a profound effect.”
“We are enormously grateful to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for this signal of commitment they are making to our work, helping The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to pursue its ambitions right across the Commonwealth and beyond.”
The announcement comes just hours before Markle is due to host a panel discussion on female empowerment, convened by the trust to mark International Women’s Day.
The special panel discussion of female-thought leaders and activists will cover a range of issues affecting women today.
The panel, held at King’s College London, will include former Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard; Annie Lennox OBE; model and Gurls Talk founder, Adwoa Aboah; and senior editor of The Economist, Anne McElvoy.