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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will today become Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Trust “exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world who are driving positive social change, serving their communities and providing hope, work and self-employment opportunities for others.”

A Kensington Palace statement read: “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.”

Lord Geidt, Chairman of the Trust, said: “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is thrilled to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as its Vice-President. The support and encouragement which Her Royal Highness will bring to the young leaders with whom we work promises to have a profound effect.” 

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II remains the Patron of the Trust and the Duke of Sussex, Harry, remains as President.

Meghan is also due to take part in a panel discussion on female empowerment to mark International Women’s Day later Friday.

Meghan will join an impressive line-up of activists including Eurythmics singer and humanitarian Annie Lennox and Julia Gillard, who became Australia’s first female prime minister in 2010.

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