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Meghan to join discussion on gender equality at Windsor Castle

The roundtable on Friday will take place with The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World.

The Duchess of Sussex will join a discussion on gender equality (Toby Melville/PA)
The Duchess of Sussex will join a discussion on gender equality (Toby Melville/PA)

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

The Duchess of Sussex is to attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Meghan will join The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World to look at how young leaders are driving meaningful change for empowering women, Buckingham Palace announced.

The event comes amid the fallout from Meghan and the Duke of Sussex’s emotional television interview in which they described their struggles.

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Harry and Meghan on their tour of Africa (Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA)

Harry is also getting back to work in the wake of the ITV documentary, ahead of the couple’s plans for a six-week break from royal duties.

The palace confirmed the duke will attend the launch of Team UK for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 in London next Tuesday.

At the Queen’s Windsor home, close to Frogmore Cottage where the Sussexes are raising their baby son Archie, Meghan will speak with young leaders who are running projects and ventures that support gender equality and inclusion in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Iraq, Malawi and Bangladesh.

The palace added: “The discussion will cover how these young leaders are driving meaningful change for empowering women.

“They will share achievements and best practices that have helped empower communities to overcome complex challenges and significant obstacles.”

On Tuesday, Meghan attended the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

It was her first public appearance since revealing the difficulties she has faced over the past year as a royal in ITV’s Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

In the programme, filmed during the Sussexes’ recent official overseas tour, Harry said he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge were now “on different paths” and have “good days”‘ and “bad days” in their relationship.

Meghan admitted feeling vulnerable and spoke of the difficulty in coping with intense tabloid interest, saying: “It’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.”

Harry told of the pressure he felt trying to protect his family from unwanted media attention.

A royal source told the BBC William was concerned about his brother following the documentary screening and hoped Harry and Meghan were “all right”.

The source added there was a view that the couple were “in a fragile place”.

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Harry, with William, on his wedding day (Chris Jackson/PA)

But a source close to the Sussexes told CNN the reaction to Harry’s comments about being on a “different path” to his brother had been “hysterical”.

The source said the couple had “single-handedly modernised the monarchy” and added they were surrounded by people “afraid of and inexperienced” at how best to “deploy their value”.

Next week, Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, will meet the UK’s competitors and pose for the first official team photo.

He will join the 65-strong squad of wounded, injured and sick service personnel on Tuesday October 29 as they come together for the first time at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.

The duchess is vice president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and is a long-standing supporter of One Young World.

The One Young World Summit is a global forum for young leaders, which aims to bring together 2,000 young people from more than 190 countries to accelerate social impact.

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