Meghan Markle given HUGE new role by Prince Harry on International Women’s Day

The Duchess of Sussex has been made vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. She will share the position with her husband Prince Harry, who is president of the organisation, while the Queen is its patron. The trust supports and funds young leaders around the world who are working to tackle problems in education, health, the environment and sport. 

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It said in a statement: “In this new role, the duchess will highlight the trust‘s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls.”

Later, Meghan will join a discussion panel of leading feminists and national figures hosted by the trust to mark International Women’s Day.

The Duchess will appear alongside singer Annie Lennox, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and others to debate a range of issues affecting women today.

The group will also chat about the positive opportunities that come when women are given wider access and equal opportunities.

Meghan has been made vice-president of the Queen‘s Commonwealth Trust (Image: GETTY)

Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry in April or May, is a proud feminist and has long campaigned for women’s rights.

When she was just 11 years old she accused a washing-up liquid company‘s TV advert of being sexist, with young Meghan’s campaign leading to it being changed.

And in 2015, she became the UN Women‘s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.

On International Women’s Day that year she gave a speech about gender equality, saying: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

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Since becoming a royal, Meghan has continued to promote feminism.

During her overseas tour with Prince Harry last October, Meghan spoke at a reception at Government House in Wellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

The 37-year-old said: “In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises.

“Because yes – women‘s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”

She also gave a powerful speech about women’s education at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

At the beginning of this year Meghan‘s first royal patronages were announced, with women‘s charity Smart Works among the four organisations.

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