Before the Duchess of Sussex—that’s Meghan Markle to those of us in “the Colonies”—officially joined the Royal Family there were rumors that Queen Elizabeth wasn’t her biggest fan. Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walkded down the aisle together, however, it seems clear that those rumors were totally unfounded! Now, the Queen has announced that Meghan Markle will be taking over one of the Queen’s royal duties as patron of the Queen’s Young Leaders.
This is just the latest demonstration of the Queen’s commitment to the Duchess of Sussex and her role in the Royal Family. The Queen invited Meghan Markle on her fist solo trip featuring numerous royal engagements less than a month after Meghan and Prince Harry tied the knot! (Queen Elizabeth didn’t invite Kate Middleton without Prince William for nearly a year.) To be fair, the Queen is a few years older than she was when the Duchess of Cambridge joined the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth might be more willing to accept help from the younger royals and to incorporate them into the daily affairs of the House of Windsor.
However, the Queen’s latest move is definitely a sign of confidence in her granddaughter-in-law. Meghan and Harry will welcome the Queen’s Young Leaders to Buckingham Palace this summer. They will be the new patrons for the program, founded in 2013 to recognize young people that work in their community. The program provides recipients with grants and awards to further their community service.
Way to go, Meghan!