Harry translates British-isms for US bride-to-be Meghan
Meghan Markle was praised for her work on women’s rights.
Prince Harry helped translate for his American bride-to-be Meghan Markle as the pair embarked on their royal Commonwealth duties together.
The prince and the US star were chatting to delegates at a Commonwealth Youth Forum reception in London when Harry referred to using a “Band-Aid”.
Illustrating the occasional language divide the couple may face, the prince, who was talking about finding long-term solutions, said: “Don’t get sucked into the system of putting on a Band-Aid”, before adding “American-style”.
There was laughter as Harry turned to LA-born Ms Markle and explained that the British public call Band-Aids plasters.
The former Suits star was praised for her work on women’s rights and asked to start up an equivalent to the UN’s HeForShe campaign to get men and boys involved in the fight to achieve gender equality.
Karuna Rana, a Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network leader from Mauritius, said: “I said she was a great champion and ambassador for women and that she should start a SheForShe campaign.
“She said she’d think about it – right after May 20.”
The pair will marry in just one month and a day’s time on May 19 at Windsor, and are likely to spend the next day recovering after partying into the evening with guests at Frogmore House.
Ms Markle was dressed for the warm weather in a cream sundress with thin, black-stripe detailing, by Altuzarra, and towering black stiletto heels.
The Youth Forum reception was part of the high-profile Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) week.
Ms Markle told some of the delegates: “You have this umbrella to hold you together. It’s incredible. Stay in touch – maximise it.”
The prince has been given a new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen and opened the Youth Forum on Monday. The Commonwealth will play a key role in the couple’s royal work.
Jacob Thomas, from Melbourne, Australia, who works with the Commonwealth Equalities Network on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, revealed how Ms Markle said the LGBT issue was about “basic human rights”.
“She really laid down the key point that it’s basic human rights,” Jacob said.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Theresa May spoke of her “regret” at Britain’s role in creating laws criminalising same-sex relationships while a colonial power, saying “they were wrong then and they are wrong now”.
Jacob, who was wearing an oversized leopard print coat, added: “Harry loved my jacket.
“I said he could borrow it but he said he already had three in different colours.”