Meghan Markle’s Meaningful Presence At The Commonwealth Service

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The world has seen Megxit fall into place, and now awaits the next steps of the former senior members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, hoping to know where they will stand and what they will be doing. In the meantime, one thing is sure, their non-profit organization influences and works remain intact. 

A clear reason for this assurance was Meghan Markle’s private meeting with the Commonwealth Scholars on Monday, which coincidentally was her last official duty performed as a senior member of the crown family. Dressed in a dark navy tie dress, Meghan Markle hosted a group of Commonwealth students at Buckingham Palace. The group consisted of Commonwealth Scholars, Chevening Scholars, and an ACU Blue Charter Fellow from 11 Commonwealth countries in total: Malawi, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.

As the patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) — which she became as at last year January, Meghan met with the group to discuss and hear about the work ongoing within which centers around solutions for four of the planet’s biggest issues: climate and environmental changes, the need for sustainable cities, health innovation, and technology’s impact on economies and jobs.

Prior to her arrival, the members of the group were addressed by ACU’s Secretary-General, Joanna Newman, who told the group, “You are all going to have a short period of time with our patron. She’s really interested in the work that we’re doing; she’s incredibly supportive. She is herself a scholar from the university where she got a scholarship [Northwestern University], so she understands the importance of scholarships. And she’s been a real champion of the work that universities do.”

Meghan was definitely thrilled and impressed with the work ongoing and the input of all members as she not only took group pictures with them all but also spoke with them concerning their input and participation based on unity as the students had been divided into groups based on which of the four issues they were studying, she said: “Even though the groups are divided, everyone is connected because of this very holistic approach to tackling climate change, I love how solution-based you all are.”

Members of the group were very impressed with Meghan’s role and input in their work and spoke of how thrilled and honored they are to have her as a patron and support. One of such members was Halima Ali, a lawyer from Kenya researching energy and natural resources at Queen Mary University of London, she said: “For Commonwealth and also African countries, to see her, her interest, her participation means a lot to us.” Timothy Biswick, who is researching micro plastic pollution in the oceans and ways it can be reduced from the University of Leicester research fellow from Malawi on his part said: “She was commending what the ACU is doing, especially bringing scientists from across the Commonwealth so they share knowledge. Once that knowledge comes out, it has a ripple effect wherever you go, I’m impressed with what she’s been saying here. It’s not just coming here and listening to us; she was talking about things in quite some detail, so you know that this person knows what they are talking about and are passionate about it.”

Since becoming the patron for ACU, she has publicly announced new gender grants for ACU member universities in South Africa and met with students at City University London to hear about how access to higher education changed their lives. And she is most definitely not going to stop there since she still remains the group’s patron even after her exit from the royal arena and she’s expected to shed more light later on and give details on hers and Prince Harry’s non-profit and their roles outside the royal family later this spring.