The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first joint royal engagement today!
Looking sensational Meghan and Kate joined Prince William and Prince Harry at their first official royal appearance as a foursome, the royals were dressed to impress at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in central London. Meghan wore a dark blue dress by Canadian Jason Wu (£1,415) , while pregnant Kate looked radiant in a royal blue Seraphine dress (£99).
The people outside were thrilled to see Kate and Meghan together at a royal engagement and both ladies looked stylish as ever.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was legally established in September 2009 as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable and philanthropic interests. Once Meghan marries Harry, she too will be made Patron, just as Kate was in 2011. Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event showcases the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation, including Heads Together, The Invictus Games Foundation and United for Wildlife. Their Royal Highnesses and Ms. Markle are on stage together to discuss why the Royal Foundation was set up, the projects they are currently working on, and their ambitions for the future.
Harry joked about how it is sometimes difficult working with family, as they do have disagreements when planning the work for the foundation. “Working with family does have its challenges, but we’re stuck together for the rest of our lives.”
Meghan, who has campaigned for women’s rights a lot in the past, shared that she has been working behind the scenes quietly in the area, and stated that, “Women don’t need to find a voice, they already have one. They need to learn how to use it.”
She hinted towards focussing on women and girls’ rights in the work she does. “Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, they need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen,” she said.
“I think right now in the climate where we are seeing so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them…and that makes such a tremendous difference.”
Kate explained that the Foundation ties together each of their interests under one umbrella: “We all had very different areas we were working with, and being able to come together to find some common ground and draw ideas together was exciting.”
She added: “Many of you came together to advise us, and help us, to develop and implement our ideas. I am sure the impact we had as a whole, by engaging on this together, was the reason we were so successful in pushing these issues further into the public consciousness. The long-term focus is another unique feature of The Foundation and central to the way it operates. Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through The Foundation is genuinely long-term.
“The work we do can, and should, have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason, we are able to support causes which we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Rather than just for a few months or years.