Meghan ‘ex­cited’ over role

Roy­als: Prince takes in­spi­ra­tion from Queen in Com­mon­wealth du­ties

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY TONY JONES

Prince Harry has re­vealed Meghan Markle is “hugely ex­cited” to be join­ing him in his Com­mon­wealth work as he paid tribute to the Queen’s ser­vice to the Fam­ily of Na­tions.

Harry de­scribed how the wo­man he will marry in just over a month would be by his side in his new role as Com­mon­wealth Youth Am­bas­sador, a post be­stowed by the in­sti­tu­tion’s head, the Queen.

The prince’s com­ments came as he helped open the Youth Fo­rum, which launched the Com­mon­wealth Heads of Govern­ment Meet­ing (CHOGM) week, with a speech, and told the young del­e­gates “it is you who are go­ing to change the world”.

Ear­lier he was joined by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May at a dis­cus­sion with young lead­ers, where both ex­pressed their faith in the Fam­ily of Na­tion’s youth.

Dur­ing his speech, Har- ry prompted cheers and whoops from the au­di­ence when he men­tioned his bride-to-be, who will join him to­mor­row at a Com­mon­wealth Youth Fo­rum re­cep­tion.

The prince said: “In my new role, I will work to sup­port the Queen, my fa­ther the Prince of Wales, and my brother Wil­liam, all of whom know that young peo­ple are the an­swer to the chal­lenges of to­day.

“I am also in­cred­i­bly grate­ful that the wo­man I am about to marry, Meghan, will be join­ing me in this work, of which she too is hugely ex­cited to take part in.”

The US ac­tress and Harry have al­ready ex­pressed their in­ter­est in the Com­mon­wealth and it is widely an­tic­i­pated they will go on a Com­mon­wealth tour af­ter their May 19 wed­ding.

Harry said he looked for in­spi­ra­tion for his new role from his grand­mother the Queen and he high­lighted her fa­mous speech from 1947 where she pledged her life to the Com­mon­wealth.

Ear­lier, Harry and Mrs May met mem­bers of the Com­mon­wealth Youth Coun­cil and Youth Task­force, with the prince telling them “you guys have the an­swers” be­fore he and Mrs May joined their dis­cus­sion. Mrs May ac­knowl­edged that young peo­ple had helped set the agenda for the week. She said there would be dis­cus­sions about how a young per­son gets the op­por­tu­nity for a “good job” and a “good start in life” and look­ing at how the oceans can be pro­tected.

CHEERS: Prince Harry speaks at a Com­mon­wealth Heads of Govern­ment Meet­ing

Meghan Markle

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