On Monday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the opening ceremony for the One Young World summit in Manchester, England, after arriving within the U.K. for a series of charity-related appearances. For the event, Meghan wore a sleek monochrome red pantsuit over matching suede heels with pointed toes. The ensemble featured wide-legged pants with a rather belled hem and scarf detail across the neck.
The Duchess of Sussex wore her hair back in a low ponytail and gold earrings and a natural makeup palette. Harry wore a navy blue suit over a white button down and an identical tie. They stood on stage throughout the introductions before taking a seat for the presentations.
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The One Young World summit begins officially on Tuesday, September 6, and gathers 2,000 young leaders from 190 countries from different sectors to collaborate on projects that promote social impact. The delegates chosen to attend will receive mentorship from entrepreneurs and world leaders, of which Meghan Markle is one. Other counselors this 12 months include Justin Trudeau, Sir Richard Branson, Paul Polman, and Jamie Oliver.
The summit first launched in 2009 and has grown every 12 months, generally known as a spot where future leaders in various entrepreneurial endeavors, politics, and NGOs are being developed through workshops, lectures, and networking events. Every year focuses on key topics and in 2022 those include conflict prevention, gender equality, oceans, ethical leadership and health.
The royal couple last attended in October of 2019, when Meghan was serving as Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and before she and Harry decided to step down as official working members of the royal family. She had previously worked with the summit in 2014, held in Dublin, where she spoke on the importance of girls’s rights across the globe.
“You would like men to effect that change because at the tip of the day, I feel what scares people is this concept female empowerment is by some means threatening. No it is not. You empower women, you empower the community,” she said on the time.
This weekend’s trip is the primary time the Duke and Duchess have returned to the U.K. since they visited for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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