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Meghan Markle Takes on a New, and Highly Unusual, Royal Duty

Meghan Markle has a busy week coming up. The future royal will attend two engagements during the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which convenes every two years and this year takes place in London. Given that she is not yet a fully fledged member of the family, it is highly unusual for Markle to be involved in such a high-profile event (the meeting is a summit of the Commonwealth’s 53 leaders). It’s a strong hint at what Markle might do once she is a member of the royal family.

Meghan will attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London on Wednesday, with Prince Harry, as well as a Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday which involves charities and organizations working to promote gender equality through girls’ education, a cause Markle is passionate about. Her presence at C.H.O.G.M. is being seen in royal circles as very significant, and yet another indication of how warmly she has been welcomed into the royal fold ahead of her wedding. “Clearly the feeling is that she is equipped and ready for the job even before the ring is on her finger,” a former courtier told Vanity Fair. “This is quite unusual. C.H.O.G.M. is a very important official meeting. It’s quite something for Meghan to be involved.”

The news that Markle will attend her very first C.H.O.G.M. follows Kensington Palace’s announcement earlier today that Prince Harry has been made president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. The new youth charity, of which Her Majesty is Patron, provides a platform for young changemakers across the Commonwealth in the areas of education, sport, health, and the environment.

The Prince will deliver his first speech as president of the Trust at a concert on April 21 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday. The prince will take to the stage along with Kylie Minogue, Sting, Sir Tom Jones, Shawn Mendes, and Shaggy, who have been announced as some of the headline acts. The Queen will attend the concert along with senior royals and it is very likely that Markle will also be in attendance.

Last month, Markle joined the Queen and other royals for the annual Commonwealth Day service. The Queen has apparently been impressed with Markle’s work ethic, and she and Harry have made it clear that they want to focus on Commonwealth countries in their work as a married couple.