Prince Harry is handed major role by the Queen as a Commonwealth youth ambassador
His first major public role is a sign of his growing importance as a senior royal
It will see Prince Harry, 33, support the work and aspirations of young people
More than 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s 2.4billion citizens are under 30
Prince Harry has been given his first major public role in a sign of his growing importance as a senior royal.
The Queen has made him a Commonwealth youth ambassador, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.
The appointment, on the eve of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, will see Harry, 33, support the work and aspirations of young people across the 53 member states.
More than 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s 2.4billion citizens are under the age of 30.
The prince will work to create links between young people and youth leaders and to encourage them to address social, economic and environmental challenges.
His first engagement will be today, when he attends the CHOGM Youth Round Table and opening session of the Youth Forum.
His role will see him work in the UK as well as undertaking tours of member nations to promote the organisation’s values.
Last week he was announced as president of a new Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, a youth charity encouraging education, sport, health and the environment.
Last year the Mail revealed how the Queen had globe-trotting Commonwealth roles in mind for Harry and his wife-to-be, Meghan Markle, as she felt they could best connect with young people and key member nations.
The Commonwealth will take on an increasingly important role when Britain leaves the EU.
Miss Markle, 36, who has previously worked with the UN as a women’s advocate for political participation and leadership, will also attend two events at CHOGM in what is being seen as a clear indication of her future royal role.
She will join Harry at the Commonwealth Youth Forum on Wednesday and attend a Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday.
It is highly unusual for someone who has not yet married into the Royal Family to be involved in such a high-level official event, but she insists she wants to ‘hit the ground running’.
WILL ROYAL WEDDING DRESS BE BURBERRY?
It may not be the bookies’ favourite, but iconic fashion house Burberry is being tipped to design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress.
The Mail has been told of top-level meetings to discuss a ‘high profile’ dress – leading some to think that the bastion of Britishness has bagged the commission of the year.
Sources say it would be a fitting farewell for Burberry’s outgoing president Christopher Bailey.
However, Ralph & Russo, who made Miss Markle’s £56,000 engagement gown, are still 10-11 favourites.
The designer will not be known until Miss Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel on May 19. Even Prince Harry is in the dark.
Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE
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