‘Glad to be back,’ Meghan says as couple attend UK conference for young leaders


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on stage in Manchester at a global conference for young leaders after returning to the UK for the first time since the Platinum Jubilee.

Meghan, who will deliver a keynote speech on equality, was dressed in a smart high-necked bright red trouser suit.

She smiled and held the Duke’s hand as they walked through the auditorium to cheers.

The couple sat center stage on a bench as they joined counselors from One Young World to watch the flag bearers enthusiastically parade the flags of more than 200 countries during the opening ceremony.

The Duchess, with her hair in a ponytail and a clapper in her hands, swayed to the beat of the music, which included Dancing in the streets and Respect.

the old Combinations The star’s opening speech was her first in-person address in the UK since stepping down as a royal amid the ‘Megxit’ crisis more than two years ago.

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The Duchess of Sussex said it was “very nice to be back in the UK” as she took center stage in Manchester to tell young leaders: “You are the future… you are the present”.

Meghan told the 2,000 delegates how her life had changed when she last attended the London summit in 2019, highlighting her role as a wife and mother but not mentioning that she would become a senior royal the year before.

“I joined you in London in 2019 and by then it’s fair to say my life had changed quite significantly,” she said.

“I was now married and I was now a mom,” she said, leaving a pause at the end, which was filled with huge cheers from the audience.

“My worldview has expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child [Archie].”

Meghan is an advisor to the organization and the conference brings together around 2,000 young leaders from more than 190 countries.

The couple also met with a group of delegates doing “remarkable work on gender equality”, One Young World said.

The trip comes days after Meghan’s interview with The cup magazine, in which she says it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hints that she can “say anything”.

She said that “just by existing” she and Harry were “disrupting the dynamic of the hierarchy” before stepping down as senior royals in 2020.

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The couple traveled by train from London to Manchester and took commercial flights from the United States to the United Kingdom.

Their next stop will be Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year To Go event, which takes place on Tuesday.

They will then return to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London, where Prince Harry will deliver a speech on Thursday.

Updated: 05 September 2022, 21:15

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