Sources at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry is the president, have told Vanity Fair that Meghan plans to start working with the organization imminently. “It’s going to be one of the first official roles Meghan takes on,” the source said. “There have already been talks, and when Meghan was asked when she wanted to get involved she replied ‘May 20.’”
The role would fit with the couple’s ambitions to focus their efforts within the Commonwealth countries and realms, where they would particularly like to put the spotlight on young people. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust works to provide small loans and funding to young people throughout the Commonwealth who are leading their own nonprofits or otherwise embarking on projects that serve the greater good.
A Palace aide confirmed the news: “The Duchess will be involved in supporting their work.”
At last month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Meghan attended two key events, a youth forum reception and a meeting about women’s empowerment, another area of interest to the former actress and activist. On her recently posted biography on the Royal Family’s official Web site, Meghan is quoted as saying, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.” Just to drive home the point, the text is highlighted in bold.
Upon their marriage, Meghan, who walked part of the way down the aisle at St George’s Chapel by herself, became a patron of the Royal Foundation, Prince William, Harry, and Kate’s charitable forum. When she attended the Foundation’s annual meeting earlier this year, the charity’s chief executive Lorraine Heggessey said that Meghan’s future charitable role was a work in progress and being discussed at the time.
Meghan’s goal to focus on the Commonwealth was even represented in her five-meter wedding veil, which was embroidered with the floral emblems of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Aides say Meghan will “take her time” before agreeing to commit herself to any patronages and wants to find her feet first. On the newly posted biography on the royal Web site, Meghan is described as having a “lifelong commitment . . . [to] social justice and women’s empowerment” and a “keen awareness of social issues.”