Prince Harry gives Meghan Markle loving shout out during debut Commonwealth Youth Forum speech

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer


Today, Prince Harry made his debut speech as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and took it as an opportunity to thank his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, for her continued support.

At the Commonwealth Youth Forum, the 33-year-old told the audience that he is ‘incredibly grateful’ that the ‘woman I’m about to marry’ will soon join him in his newfound role.

And the crowd couldn’t resist a congratulatory cheer, which led Prince Harry to give a bashful grin.

In his debut speech as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, Prince Harry revealed that he is ‘incredibly grateful’ for Meghan Markle’s support [Photo: Getty]

Though things may have proven a little awkward, as the royal took a seat by Theresa May at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre just days after it was announced that the Prime Minister is not invited to the royal wedding. In a decision to rule out all political leaders, Donald Trump and Barack Obama have also eliminated from the May 19 guest list.

Prince Harry’s new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador was announced by Kensington Palace last week and is designed to ‘highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth, on both UK engagements and overseas tours to Commonwealth countries’.

Theresa May has not been invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 wedding [Photo: Getty]

In his debut speech, Prince Harry added: “In my new role, I will work to support The Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today.”

On Wednesday, Meghan will join Harry at a Commonwealth Youth Forum Reception for the first time. Though it’s hardly surprising, as the soon-to-be newlyweds expressed an interest in the Commonwealth during their engagement interview. As a consequence, the pair are rumoured to be planning a Commonwealth tour set to take place after the royal wedding.

Once they’ve tied the knot, the couple are also expected to take on further charity work together.

Again, the news is not surprising as the pair have asked attendees to forgo wedding gifts at their nuptials and have instead given them a list of charities to donate to. For instance, Harry and Meghan have listed the likes of homeless charity, Crisis and social-welfare organisation, Wilderness Foundation UK, as companies close to their hearts.

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