Bow down to the Fab Four. Meghan Markle appeared alongside Prince Harry and her future in-laws, Kate Middleton and Prince William, for the couples' first official joint appearance to promote the charity work done by the Royal Foundation. And, as if you needed another reason to look forward to May 19's royal wedding, Meghan Markle's promise to advocate for women's rights following her I do's will certainly do the trick.
Wednesday's first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London marked the first time Markle has publicly represented the Royal Foundation, a charity initiative that her fiancé and his brother, Prince William, launched in 2011. "I am personally incredibly proud and excited that my soon-to-be wife, who is equally passionate about seeing positive change in the world, will soon be joining us with this work," Prince Harry said at the event when he, Markle, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all took the stage. "We’re pretty tied up with planning a wedding, but we want to make as much of a difference as we can," he joked, according to ABC News.
Markle will be become an official patron of the Royal Foundation once she and Harry tie the knot on May 19, much like Kate Middleton joined the organization after her royal wedding to Prince William. But Markle is already hitting the ground running. With the foundation already doing important work fighting mental-health stigmas, celebrating veterans, and working toward conservation efforts, Markle said that she hopes to be an advocate for female empowerment and women's rights.
"I hear a lot of people saying when speaking about girls' empowerment, 'Well, you're helping women find their voices,'" Markle explained at the event, according to E! News. "I fundamentally disagree with that because women don't need to find a voice—they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen."
She continued, "I think right now in the climate we're seeing with so many campaigns, with #MeToo and Time's Up, there's no better time to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them—men included in that."
We can't wait to witness all the amazing work this fierce royal foursome will no doubt conquer together. “We have different opinions and they work really well [together],” Harry noted of his brother and sister-in-law. “Working as family does have its challenges," he joked as the crowd laughed. "Of course it does."
“The fact that everybody is laughing shows they know exactly what it's like,” he added. “But we are stuck together for the rest of our lives.”
“Togetherness at its finest," said Markle.