During his speech today in his new role as Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth, Prince Harry expressed his excitement over his future wife joining him on his latest Royal role.
Earlier today Harry noted: “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.”
He started his speech with a tribute to his grandmother, saying: “When I was reflecting on how to make the biggest impact with this new role, I turned to the ultimate source of guidance on all things Commonwealth: the words of The Queen herself.”
He continued noting: “Her Majesty’s commitment has meant that The Commonwealth is a thriving family of nations, a common link between nearly two and a half billion people, and a defender of democracy, justice, and peace.”
Harry also recognised his father, The Prince of Wales in Monday’s address:
“The young adults I have met across the Commonwealth have shown me time and again that your generation understands something very important: that to tackle a big challenge, you need to focus on the root causes, not the symptoms – something my father has believed for years, yet something society still struggles with.”
Always the jokester, HRH added that since this was a youth group that: “serving as an ambassador to young people I am going to have to try to keep up with you.”
Once married Harry and his soon to be bride will undertake tours of the Commonwealth.
It is imperative now that young people from the Commonwealth are given a voice as 60% of the 53 member nations populations is under the age of 30.
HRH in his speech stated:
“You are connected. You have made positive use of technology to build relationships within your communities, nations and across the globe. You care. You want your nations to be cleaner, your planet to be greener, your friends and neighbours to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter their ethnicity, their religion, or their status. You are optimistic. The complicated challenges we face – climate change, inequality, conflict – they do not discourage you. Rather, they inspire you to persevere and effect change.”
Who better to meet with young people and discuss their ideas affording them a more significant voice then they may have had previously then Harry and Meghan?
Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, agrees. She noted that Queen could have provided no “greater gift” than Prince Harry to be the tireless champion for the Commonwealth youth.