he Duchess of Sussex is set to make one of her first public addresses next week. It was revealed this morning that Meghan would be a featured speaker at this year’s virtual Girl Up Global Leadership Summit.
Per the organization’s official website, Girl Up is a leadership initiative that has worked with 65,000 girls via 3,500 clubs in nearly 120 countries and all 50 United States, working to inspire a generation of young women to be a force for gender equality and social change. The organization took to Twitter to announce the duchess’s upcoming appearance.
“The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 @GirlUp Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!” read the official tweet breaking the news.
The present is female! 💫 But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 @GirlUp Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15! Register 🎟: https://t.co/YZT6jBf6Uc #GirlsLead20
— Girl Up (@GirlUp) July 7, 2020
Though Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, have continued to participate in a number of Zoom calls and video chats with respective organizations and charities since working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, their conversations have often been privately scheduled, recorded, then released to the public on a later date. Meghan’s upcoming speech at the Girl Up conference, however, marks one of the first publicized and openly promoted appearances from the duchess since stepping down as a senior working member of the royal family back in March.
The news of the duchess’s virtual address follows the announcement that she and Harry signed on to be represented by the New York–based Harry Walker Agency, the same speaking engagement firm that represents the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton.
From Harper’s Bazaar US