Meghan Markle set for big announcement as she takes the stage for first speech since split

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MEGHAN MARKLE is to carry out today her first public engagement in months since stepping down as senior royal with Prince Harry.

Meghan is to take the centre stage for the first time since March at the virtual summit organised by Girl Up, taking place today and tomorrow. The Duchess of Sussex will share the spotlight with other high-profile speakers such as former US First Lady Michelle Obama and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

In her speech, the first she has delivered at a public event since she attended the Endeavour Fund Awards in London in March, Meghan is expected to speak directly to global girls leaders of the future. 

Girl Up is an association operating in 120 countries and seeking to unite young female leaders asking for equality in wages, rights and living standards. 

It is not known whether Meghan has been paid to appear at this yearly summit, taking place remotely today due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

While this is Meghan’s first event since she and Prince Harry officially stepped down as senior royals on March 31, this is not the Duchess of Sussex’ first public address. 

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Meghan Markle is taking the centre stage today at the Girl Up virtual summit (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle during the Sussexes’ tour Down Under (Image: GETTY)

Throughout the past four months of lockdown, Meghan has taken part in several video calls with associations close to her heart and her patronages. 

When she was already overseas – but a few days before officially stepping down as full-time working royal – Meghan took part in a video call with a client of Smart Works who was reviewing her curriculum and presentation before heading to a work interview. 

On May 6, Meghan was filmed by Harry reading a children’s book to their son Archie Harrison as part of the Save the Stories initiative launched by Save The Children UK. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry taking part in a video meeting with young global leaders (Image: QCT/YOUTUBE)

A few days later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex crashed a conference call of a team working at Crisis Text Line in Atlanta to hear about the challenges they have faced during the pandemic and lockdown. 

Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, Meghan delivered a raw and powerful speech to the graduating class of 2020 at her former high school, speaking about the US protest, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

More recently, Meghan and Harry joined a conversation with young leaders and trustees at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) of which they are the vice president and president. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now living in the US (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the vice president and president of the QCT (Image: GETTY)

During their call, the Sussexes said it is time for the Commonwealth to own its past and right the wrongs in its history in order to move forward. 

Meghan said: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships.

“Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right.” 

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals three months after announcing on Instagram they wanted to carve out a new progressive role within the Royal Family.

Their intentions were to continue representing the Crown with tours and engagements while also pursuing profitable ventures. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals in March (Image: EXPRESS)

Following talks with the Queen and senior aides at Sandringham House, Buckingham Palace announced the terms of what became known as Megxit – the Sussexes’ exit from the Royal Family. 

Meghan and Harry can now work, live abroad and be freed from the royal protocol. 

However, the couple can no longer use their full royal titles, had to drop their brand Sussex Royal and renounce to carry out royal duties. 

Over the past few months, Meghan and Harry have not just collaborated with their patronages but also worked behind the scenes on their new non-for-profit organisation, Archewell. 

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Meghan Markle last delivered a speech at a public event in March at the Endeavour Fund Awards (Image: UK)

Details on what this new project will focus on can only be gathered from the trademark applications filed earlier this year, which include volunteering services, wide-ranging website, and sharing “education and training materials” via films, podcasts and books. 

The couple said in a statement to the Daily Telegraph in April: “Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of ‘Arche’ – the Greek word meaning ‘source of action’.

“We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.

“Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”

 Source: EXPRESS CO UK