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Meghan Delivers Empowering Speech to Young Leaders Driving Positive Change

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is encouraging young leaders to embrace their capacity to drive change.

In her first speech in the U.K. since stepping back from royal duties over two years ago, the Duchess addressed over 2,000 delegates from over 200 countries at the One Young World Summit.

What is that exactly? It’s a 4-day gathering of young people from around the world where they can share ideas with global leaders about meaningful issues including the climate crisis, gender equality and online misinformation. The goal is to work together to overcome obstacles, find solutions and create a better future for all.

“You are the future,” Meghan said in her speech.


“But I would like to add that you are also the present. You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change needed across the globe, now, in this very moment.”

The Duchess also took a moment to recall her first time attending the summit back in 2014 – well before her marriage to Prince Harry – to highlight the value of each attendee’s voice:

“I was the girl from Suits!” she giggles. “And I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists that I had such a deep and long-standing respect and admiration for. And I was invited to pull up a seat at the table.”


“I was so overwhelmed by this experience. I think I even saved my little paper place card that said my name on it. Because the truth was I wasn’t sure that I belonged. I was so nervous…But One Young World saw in me what I wanted to see fully in myself. They saw in me, just as I see in you, the present and the future.”

Prince Harry was in attendance at the Summit too. He and Meghan will be visiting a number of charities close to their hearts over the next few days including the WellChild Awards in London and an event for the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf.

(Feature Image Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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