The Duchess of Sussex has already started doing some transatlantic charity work, where she’s currently spending time in Vancouver. Meghan and Harry announced their plans to step back as senior royals earlier this month, confirming that they will be splitting their time between the UK and North America.
Meghan has only been living her new life in Canada for a few days, but she’s already taken the time to visit two local women’s charities.
During a visit to Downton Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver yesterday (15 January), the duchess spoke to its workers and members about women in the local area and the issues they face. She dressed in casual jeans, flat boots and a knitted jumper – a stark contrast to her past, more formal, royal looks.
Meghan was photographed smiling with eight women from the organisation, in an image shared to the charity’s social media accounts. “Look who we had tea with today!” they captioned the picture. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”
The duchess then went on to pay a visit to another organisation that same day; feminist climate change group Justice for Girls.
They tweeted: “Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership.”
Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership. #DuchessOfSussex pic.twitter.com/M9LaqEELl7
— Justice For Girls (@JFG_Canada) January 16, 2020
Meghan flew back to Canada last week, after breaking the news that she and Prince Harry want to step down as senior members of the royal family and become financially independent.
Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen, in which she expressed her full support of the Sussexes’ choice, although she admitted she would have “preferred them to remain full-time working members of the royal family”.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” said the Queen. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
From Harper’s Bazaar UK