The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April 2018, just weeks before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming royal wedding. That means Kate Middleton may be out of commission for some other engagements. One of them is the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which might coincide with Middleton's April due date and will last for a week. Thankfully, Meghan Markle is more than capable of taking up the task. Last week, the press reported that she and Prince Harry will be attending, and may even replace Prince William and Kate Middleton if need be.
According to The Express, the CHOGM is a biannual conference involving 52 Commonwealth countries, which span nations from Australia to Bangladesh to Nigeria. This year's conference, taking place on April 16, is especially important, because the U.K. government wants to start free-trade talks with these countries ahead of Brexit. Since Markle has said before that she wants to learn more about the Commonwealth, such a significant meeting should provide the perfect opportunity for her to get up to speed.
Also exciting is the state banquet at Buckingham Palace that will take place during the CHOGM. Markle, the outlet reported, could attend should she and Prince Harry replace the other royal couple. If she does, she may be wearing a royal tiara for the very first time. Even if Kate Middleton and Prince William do attend, Markle's presence alone could be a boon to the meeting and the U.K.'s international reputation.
“The Royals pack a formidable soft power punch around the world as it is, but Meghan’s presence at the summit would propel CHOGM coverage to the front pages,” a government insider told The Express. “Which is just what we want when projecting a positive vision of Britain overseas.”