Earlier today, Harry & Meghan made an unannounced visit to the New Zealand House in London to pay their respects to the 50 dead Muslims and 50 injured during the Christchurch terrorist attacks. The Duke & Duchess layed flowers in front of the building and signed the book of condolences with the following words:
Our deepest condolences.
We are with you.
Harry and Meghan visited New Zealand as part of their Royal tour of the Pacific last October. VIDEO
On March 11th, The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth celebrated Commonwealth Day. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended two engagements to celebrate this special day. First, they visited Canada House to meet young Canadians who live and work in the UK. The couple learned more about Canadian traditions, such as making maple taffy (candy made of maple syrup on a stick or in the snow in some Canadian regions), they met Canadians working in different areas such as fashion, business or arts. Harry & Meghan were given some gifts for Baby Sussex – a onesie and some baby shoes – before they left. The Duchess celebrated Canada by wearing a Canadian brand, Erdem. VIDEO – VIDEO
In the afternoon, the Royal Family attended the annual Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster Abbey. Were present: Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of York. This service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK, with a procession of flags from all 53 countries who are part of the Commonwealth. This year’s theme was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, marrking the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. FULL SERVICE
Earlier today, The Duchess of Sussex visited King’s College in London to join a panel discussion on International Women’s Day. Convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (of which Meghan is the Vice-President), this panel aimed to discuss a range of topics such as education, the importance of boys & men being included in gender equality/the conversation and how social media can play an important part. Among the panel were Annie Lennox (founder of The Circle), Adwoa Aboah (founder of Gurls Talk), Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London), Chrisann Jarrett (Founder of Let us Learn and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of CAMFED in Africa & CAMA). VIDEO – VIDEO – VIDEO
Some quotes of the Duchess of Sussex – Source : The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
The Duchess, newly appointed Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, said: “Inequality is a global issue, so we’re all experiencing the same issues in different ways. As a united force, we have to tackle this. We have to see it as a global challenge that we’re all looking to solve. When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer. It affects everything.”
The Duchess of Sussex also discussed what first motivated her to become a passionate advocate for women’s rights, stating “at age 11, I saw a commercial on television that struck me as wrong and I complained to the station. I didn’t know why, but I knew something wasn’t right. Someone had to say something, so I thought ‘why not me?’ Since then, I’ve always believed that you have to speak up when you see injustice. I’m thrilled that my role in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust allows me to do this.”