Queen Elizabeth hands over reins of key job to the Duchess of Sussex

2018-06-26 15:21
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of S

Cape Town - The Duchess of Sussex has been making quite an impression on the royal family.

From accompanying the Queen to royal events to being invited on her personal train, the former Suits star continues to cement herself as a key member within the monarchy.

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Her blossoming relationship with the queen was highlighted yet again recently when Her Majesty gave Meghan the responsibility of welcoming the Queen's Young Leaders programme members to Buckingham Palace. In this Meghan continues the tradition started by her grandmother-in-law throughout her era of service to the Commonwealth nations, reports EXPRESS Daily.

The programme – of which Prince Harry became the patron in April this year – seeks to honour young people doing exceptional things in their communities in the avenues of mental health activism, saving lives and fighting against violence against women and children.

On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the final Queen's Young Leaders Awards alongside Queen Elizabeth, who handed the winners their medals in an evening ceremony.

Cementing their involvement in the leadership initiative, Harry and Meghan spent time meeting 61 leaders who were awarded the honour at Buckingham Palace.

In a speech Prince Harry praised all the honourees, calling them the "the hope and optimism the world needs".

The queen started the leadership initiative five years ago and after Harry took up its patronage, the Duke of Sussex made it clear he wanted Meghan by his side to handle the new challenge, reports news.com.au.

"In my new role I’ll work to support the queen, my father, The Prince of Wales, and my brother, William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today," Harry said in April.

"I’m also incredibly grateful that Meghan will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in."

Meg is also reported to be spending six months in royal training to prepare her for the challenges she’ll face in her new role in the monarchy, reports Harper’s Bazaar.

Sources: expressc.co.uk, news.com.au, harpersbazaar.com

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