MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have appointed an influential media executive as trustee of their new Sussex Royal Foundation following the couple’s split from their joint charity with Prince William and Kate.
Kate Blackett, 48, has been appointed a director of Harry and Meghan’s charity the Sussex Royal Foundation. The businesswoman was named number one in the Powerlist of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage from with the UK in 2015. Ms Blackett was also awarded an OBE for services to the media industry in 2014.
Her appointment comes as the Sussexes battle a media storm following their “hypocritical” posts telling the British public to save the planet despite taking four private jets to holiday destinations in ten days.
There has also been outrage at Prince Harry flying miles to a Google climate convention in Italy in one of 114 jets and Meghan’s £285,000 ($350,000) baby shower for which she also travelled by private jet to New York and back in February.
Ms Blackett said she was told as a child her only career choices were to be a nurse or teacher.
She said last year: “Sometimes when I’m at the Houses of Parliament or No 10, I have to pause, take a deep breath and remind myself why I’m there: for my business knowledge and my expertise.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have appointed an influential media executive (Image GETTY)
Kate Blackett, 48, has been appointed a director of Harry and Meghan’s charity (Image PA)
“It’s when you’re in a minority in the room — which is most of the time for me — that the inner voice saying, ‘I shouldn’t be here’, tends to come out.
“Things are changing in my industry but unfortunately, for now in advertising, there aren’t many people like me.
“By that I mean there aren’t many senior women, there aren’t many senior black women and there really aren’t many senior black women from a working class background.”
In a 2015 interview with Marie Claire, she called herself a “game-changer”.
Her appointment comes as the Sussexes battle a media storm (Image GETTY)
Stressing the importance family-based initiatives, she said: “Create a culture where you’re allowed to bring yourself to work.
“I want to recognise if some of our female talent is struggling with blending their work and home lives.”
Ms Blackett’s feminism line is expected to sit well with Meghan, 38.
The new mother to five-month-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, which she shares with Prince Harry, has said she is a feminist on may occasions and has recently guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue, which included a list of her top female “trailblazers”.
The Duchess of Sussex announced the collaboration with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in July (Image GETTY)
The cover features 15 women, including teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and is emblazoned with the slogan “Forces for CHANGE”.
The 15 women on the cover are: Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech, Ramla Ali, Jacinda Ardern, Sinead Burke, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Francesca Hayward, Yara Shahidi, Greta Thunberg and Christy Turlington Burns.
The Duchess of Sussex received criticism for appearing using the opportunity to make a political point whilst demanding her and Prince Harry’s life are kept private and away from the spotlight that comes with being part of the Royal Family.
Despite this, Harry was featured in the issue where he told of the couple’s plans to have just two children to save the planet.
The Duchess of Sussex announced the collaboration with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in July.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK