Back to work! Duchess Meghan has made her first public appearance since the Sussexes’ Africa tour documentary aired on Sunday.
The Duchess of Sussex arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the October 22 opening ceremony of the One Young World summit—a global forum that brings together 2,000 young people from over 190 countries to create positive change and tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.
Meghan arrived in her capacity as Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has partnered with the organization to bring 53 young leaders from across the Commonwealth to the event. She sported a bold purple long-sleeve dress—which fans believe is the Aritzia number she wore on a previous appearance in Birkenhead—with blue pumps for the occasion.
It’s Meghan’s third time at the global gathering, having first attended as a counsellor at Dublin’s 2014 summit to talk about the importance of women’s rights and the role men play in achieving equality.
Speaking on a panel of young leaders, she discussed the need for men to also stand up and empower women. “You need men to effect that change because at the end of the day, I think what scares people is this idea female empowerment is somehow threatening. No it's not. You empower women, you empower the community,” she said.
In 2016 the duchess attended Ottawa’s summit, which was opened by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good,” Meghan said of her decision to be a counsellor. “They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”
Over the next four days in London, young delegates will take part in speeches, panels, networking and workshops. And later this week, Meghan will hold a round table discussion with several of the One Young World leaders to discuss the issue of global gender equality.