With only a month left until the royal wedding, Meghan Markle must be busy making the final preparations for her big day. While the bride-to-be has already been occupied with royal duties, before even receiving her official title, she’ll be taking on even more once she joins the family.
Patron of the Royal Foundation
While she won’t officially be named a patron until after her wedding, Markle has already played a part in the organization. She attended the Royal Foundation Forum in February and spoke alongside current patrons Prince Harry, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge. Markle talked about her ideas for the foundation and her interests in women’s rights and mental health.
Currently, the Royal Foundation is used as a way for the royal family to continue to support causes that are important to them as well as create new projects to help further their philanthropic goals, which fall under five categories: armed forces, conservation, cyberbullying, mental health, and young people.
One of the foundation’s best-known efforts is Heads Together, which brings together eight mental health charities to maximise reach and impact on mental health. The foundation also created a cyberbullying task force which works together with big tech companies and various charities to create an online code of conduct called Stop Speak Support. It works with government and industry officials and young people to protect children between 11 and 16 years old on the internet. The Invictus Games were also originally created under the Royal Foundation.
Commonwealth Youth Ambassador
While Markle hasn’t officially received the title yet, Prince Harry has already announced that his fiancée will be joining him as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, which Queen Elizabeth named him just a few days ago. The couple will visit various young adult leaders within the Commonwealth and work alongside them to make their voices and needs heard in differing areas.
The young delegates Prince Harry and Ms. Markle met today have come from all over The Commonwealth.
“The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace,” its website states. The Commonwealth is mostly made up of countries that were previously part of the British Empire, though that is not a requirement to join. Currently, Queen Elizabeth is the head of the Commonwealth, although the head does not need to be from the royal family. According to Reuters, 16 of the member nations currently view the monarch as their head of state.
The Invictus Games
Created by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games allows wounded soldiers from participating countries to take part in various adaptive sports. Prince Harry has been a patron of the games since its creation, and Markle recently attended the Invictus Games trials for the United Kingdom team. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see her take on a bigger role in the foundation and possibly become a patron herself. The next games are set to take place in Australia later this year.
Other Royal Duties
Prince Harry and Markle have been making appearances throughout the United Kingdom since their engagement, visiting several places in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Prince Harry is also involved with the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Walking with the Wounde, and various other charities which Markle may make appearances at and support herself.
As Markle transitions into her official role as a royal, it is expected that she will become a patron of other organizations that are close to her heart, just like the Duchess of Cambridge has since she officially joined the royal family in 2011.
Before her engagement, Markle was deeply involved in a number of charities, including One Young World, where she worked as a counselor for their 2012 and 2016 summits. She was also a World Vision Global ambassador, through which she traveled to Rwanda and India to advocate for clean drinking water and women’s rights. Markle also gave a speech at the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing in 2015; she was there as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Political Participation and Leadership.
With all these causes she’s worked with in the past, it shouldn’t take long for Markle to figure out her new path as a royal.