Meghan Markle’s wedding to-do list includes all the same things as any other bride—dress fittings, cake tastings and, of course, winnowing down a massive invitation list—but the almost royal bride-to-be made time today to appear with her fiancé Prince Harry and her future brother and sister-in-law Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to discuss what kinds of charity work she’ll undertake after she officially becomes a member of “The Firm.”
The former Suits actress and UN Women Ambassador told the audience at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in central London she has already begun “working behind the scenes quietly” and joked she can “multi-task” while preparing for her wedding. The event marked the first time the “Fab Four” made an official appearance together to discuss the work of the royal foundation, which was founded by William and Harry in 2011 to organize their charity work under one umbrella.
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If Meghan’s comments are any indication, the duchess-to-be is surely going to shake things up and cross that fine line into social politics when she officially becomes the fourth patron of The Royal Foundation after marrying Harry on May 19th.
“Women don’t need to find a voice, they already have one. They need to learn how to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen,” she said. “The #MeToo campaign could make such a difference.”
In the past, royals have always avoided any reference to politics and steered clear of controversy.
Harry also said he was “pretty busy planning a wedding” and admitted the four royals have sometimes disagreed while they are planning the work of the foundation. “Working with family does have its challenges, but we’re stuck together for the rest of our lives,” he joked. The prince said it was a positive to have four different personalities all working together to plan the work of the foundation which includes the Invictus Games, Heads Together, their mental health initiative, conservation programs and an anti-cyberbullying.
Meghan told the crowd, “If everyone was thinking the same, how are you going to push the envelope?” And for more coverage of everyone’s favorite couple, Here’s the Real Story on How Harry and Meghan Got Together.
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