The Duke and Duchess battled a snowy weather conditions for a day of engagements in Bristol. Arriving a few minutes late by train, Their Royal Highnesses jumped right into their walkabout greeting well-wishers who had lined the streets to see them before heading to their first stop, Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Once inside the couple toured the recently renovated theater, chatted with students taking part in workshops and enjoyed a performance from the Young Company from their production ‘Hercules’.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess Brave the Snow in Bristol
The Duke and Duchess then made a surprise visit to the One 25 Charity to see how they are helping women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues. They met with volunteers who help run the outreach programme and Meghan helped pack lunches and warm clothing which will be distributed to women working on the streets. A key moment from this event came when Meghan decided to write positive messages on banana skins.
VIDEOS: Duchess of Sussex writes encouraging messages for sex workers
Lastly, The Duke and Duchess visited Empire Fighting Chance, a charity that supports children who are failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime, and helps them turn their lives around. Harry and Meghan chatted with young girls taking part in the program, while Harry had a key moment himself, clearing the room to talk for ten minutes with a boy whose father had passed away.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Bristol boxing gym
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 01 | The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Bristol
Today, (January 31, 2018)
The Duchess of Sussex in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities made a visit to City, University of London to meet with students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK. The ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the patronage to The Duchess of Sussex earlier this year after having held the role for the past 33 years. During her visit Meghan met with scholars and students alike hearing their stories and learning about the work done by the ACU. After her visit Meghan took a few moments to greet the crowd of students who had been waiting anxiously for her in the cold. At one point the crowd started chanting her name.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 31| The Duchess of Sussex Visits The ACU
Today, (January 30, 2019) The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to the National Theatre as Patron. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the Patronage to Meghan having held the role for the past 45 years, earlier this year. During this visit Meghan took the opportunity to learn about the National Theatre’s work with arts and community organisations across the UK. As well as meet with current and former Nation Theatre apprentices. She also enjoyed a performance inspired by War Horse by schoolchildren from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden, which was created to mark the centenary of Armistice Day and watched a line run from Shakespeare’s Pericles — the NT’s first Public Arts production of Pericles was performed by a company of over 200 people of all ages recruited through the National Theatre’s partners.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 30 |Visiting National Theatre
Meghan Markle‘s royal calendar is jam-packed!
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is ending the month with a set of solo engagements before kicking off February with a joint outing with Prince Harry, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.
Meghan recently announced the four causes she will officially champion in her royal life, and she’s already paid visits to animal charity Mayhew and Smart Works, a charity that helps vulnerable and longterm unemployed women regain the skills and confidence to get into work.
On Wednesday, the former Suits star will make her first official appearance at another patronage, the National Theatre. The patronage, one of the two roles handed to her by Queen Elizabeth, fits perfectly with Meghan’s acting background.
Meghan will join a workshop with members of the Pericles company, the National Theatre’s first Public Acts production in 2018 which brought over 200 people together with six professional actors to breathe new life into the Shakespeare classic in a musical version. She will then meet current and former apprentices who are working as technicians in various departments including carpentry, metal work and painting. Continue reading Inside Meghan Markle’s Busy Week Ahead — Including a Day Away with Harry!
This evening, (January 16, 2019) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in support of Sentebale, at the Royal Albert Hall. The evening helped raise awareness and funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which works with children and young people affected by HIV. Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Before and after the performance The Duke and Duchess met with performers and representatives from Sentebale and Cirque du Soleil. This evening’s show was the second event in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights’ which is continuing to build on the success of the charity’s first production and partnership with the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ which was also attended by The Duke and Duchess back in August of last year.
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | Attending Premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In her first engagement of the day and her first visit as Patron, The Duchess of Sussex visited Mayhew. The Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally. Meghan met with volunteers and residents who have used some of the Mayhew’s services including The TheraPaws Program which uses volunteers and their therapy dogs to go into care and residential homes, hospitals, hospices and day centres across London to engage with residents, provide companionship and brighten up their day and the Mayhew’s Pet Refuge, which provides shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time, like being hospitalised. The Duchess chatted with Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Mo, to learn more about the Mayhew’s work abroad and Head Vet Nurse, Gillian Rich RVN, who spoke about the veterinary work they do on-site at the Community Vet Clinic. Ever the animal lover Meghan was smitten with several of the dogs who either have been adopted from the shelter or looking for their forever homes. We’re sure they won’t be looking for long now!
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew
Today, (January 14, 2018)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Birkenhead for a day of engagements. The royal couple started off their day at Hamilton Square where they viewed a new sculpture erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death. The statue, named after one of the war poet’s poems ‘Futility’
, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted WW1 soldier. Harry and Meghan met local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, of which Wilfred Owen belonged to, and which played a part in the creation of the tribute. The couple then greeted the large crowds of waiting admirers. During the walkabout Meghan revealed that she is six months pregnant, but revealed later that she and Harry don’t know if the baby is a boy or girl.
In the couple’s second unannounced engagement they officially opened Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Princess Pavements, Pyramids Shopping Centre,the new store enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking. They also revealed plans to launch a “baby basics” program which will provide baby clothes and toiletries to new moms. The couple toured the new supermarket and enjoyed coffee and tea with the locals.
The Duke and Duchess then visited Tomorrows Women, an organization that supports women in vulnerable circumstances. They offer an extensive range of training courses and workshops for more than 6000 women as well as support groups focusing on mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction. Harry and Meghan met women taking part in a knitting and flower arranging sessions.
Their last stop of the day was at The Hive, a safe environment for young people to enjoy themselves, building key skills and raising their aspirations and confidence. Harry and Meghan enjoyed a performance upon their arrival by the Junior Dance Troupe and took part in a number of activities and workshops throughout the centre.
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 14 |The Duke And Duchess of Sussex Visit Birkenhead
Today, (January 10, 2019)
The Duchess of Sussex visited Smart Works, a charity that helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. The charity offers high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. During The Duchess of Sussex’s visit she joined a discussion with volunteers and women they have helped succeed in job interviews and coached a client to help her start her own business. She also took part in two styling session, helping a woman named Patsy style an outfit for her new job. Today, Meghan was announced as Patron of the charity.
Lady Hughes-Hallett, Chair and Founder of Smart Works, said:
“We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”
“We have been honoured to welcome The Duchess to our West London centre and see her engage with our clients and volunteers. Her empathy and insight were obvious. The Duchess is a natural coach and our clients were inspired and helped by her.”
Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, said:
“We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Sussex is our Royal Patron. At Smart Works, we are passionate about helping women be the best that they can be. It is the Smart Works vision that one day we will have enough centres nationwide to reach every woman who needs us. The support of The Duchess of Sussex will help us enormously in achieving this goal.”
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 10 | The Duchess of Sussex Visits Smart Works
On the day of their wedding back in May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex by the Queen. And it has taken almost five months for the pair to check out “their” territory themselves, as the couple is visiting Sussex for the first time on Wednesday.
Harry and Meghan arrived in the county, located about 50 miles south of London, for a series of engagements. They were greeted by throngs of well-wishers, including a group of students from Westbourne House School, according to People, who initially welcomed them and created an “A-Z guide to Sussex” for the pair. Meghan, who reportedly asked all the children their names, reportedly responded, “Oh my goodness, thank you. That’s very cool,” to the presentation of the gift.
The pair had a busy day scheduled, as they looked at the Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence and visited both an animation workshop and a rehearsal of a university orchestra.
Meghan wore a cream coat made by Armani for the day trip, with a dark green shirt (by & Other Stories) paired with a green leather pencil skirt (by Hugo Boss). She stuck with the green theme with her bag, the “Nina” by Gabriela Hearst.
Appearances & Engagements > Engagements In 2018 > October 03 | The Duke And Duchess of Sussex Visit Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are about to come face-to-face with their royal namesake!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to make their first joint visit to Sussex (about 50 miles south of London) on October 3, where they will see the historic Sussex Declaration, open a Tech Park and visit with locals.
Queen Elizabeth gave the couple their brand new royal titles — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — on the morning of their royal wedding on May 19. Bestowing titles to members of the royal family on their wedding day is a longtime tradition. When Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Just like most royal dukedoms, the title Duke of Sussex carries quite a bit of history. Though it first appeared as early as the 800s, it’s traceable origins start with Prince Augustus Frederick, son of King George III (who was the British monarch during the American Revolution). Continue reading Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Next Royal Date Is Right Where They Belong
Today, September 25, 2018, The Duchess of Sussex went on her first solo engagement since becoming the newest member of the Royal Family when she opened the new exhibition ‘Oceania’ at The Royal Academy Of Arts. The ‘Oceania’ exhibition features art from New Zealand, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Australia – all countries Harry and Meghan will visit in October. During her visit she spoke to some of the artists as well as descendants linked to the works on display.
Appearances & Engagements > Engagements In 2018 > September 25 | Opening ‘Oceania’ At The Royal Academy Of Arts
On Monday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stopped by Loughborough University for the first Coach Core Awards, celebrating a program that encourages young people to become involved in sports coaching. They were total sports themselves at the event, which took place in a gymnasium, starting things off by joining in on a netball practice drill before testing their skills with a shootout and meeting program participants. The Coach Core program serves young adults from around the U.K., providing training for “apprentices” who receive mentoring and other coaching skills so they can become professionals in the field. It kicked off following the 2012 London Olympics, and is getting an extra infusion of funding this year.
The Duchess of Sussex presents the ‘Graduate of the Year’ award to Sebastian Vidal.
Appearances & Engagements > Engagements In 2018 > Coach Core Awards At Loughborough University