Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry at Commonwealth youth reception in London

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with young leaders from across the Commonwealth at the reception hosted today at Malborough house in London.

Meghan Markle wowed in a bright yellow sheath dress as she arrived the reception hand in hand with her husband Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex wowed in a £1,300 canary yellow sheath dress by designer Brandon Maxwell who has worked as Lady Gaga’s stylist since 2012.

The 36-year-old former actress seemed so at ease as she mingled with other young people.

The couple received a warm welcome from Patricia Scotland who greeted them at their cars. As they made their way towards the house they were treated to a musical performance by a steel pan band.

The couple were pictured arriving at Marlborough House for the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception.

The Duchess of Sussex was wearing a bright yellow Brandon Maxwell midi dress and nude heels with her hair pulled back into her signature low bun.

The event marked the culmination of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth leadership workshop.

Prince Harry was appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen earlier this year.

During the reception hosted by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the couple met with young leaders at the event which aims to encourage them to think about the future, and their role in shaping it

‘Amongst all of you are innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators – ready to tackle climate change, social injustice and inequality,’ he said. ‘Together you will take on these big challenges – and be champions for your communities, for your families, your countries, and our Commonwealth.

‘Meghan and I are incredibly excited to meet so many of you representing the future of the Commonwealth. Later this year we will embark on a tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to meet and hear from more young people about their ideas for creating a better future. ‘We can’t wait to see you in action in your home countries and learn about what you’re doing to better the Commonwealth, and the world, in 2040 and beyond.’

The Prince also urged them to combat plastic pollution, saying: ‘Just in the last year, the world’s understanding of the damage being done by single use plastics has grown rapidly and many governments and communities are taking big steps to tackle this very challenging problem,’ he said.’

‘Whether it’s biodegradable food packaging or limiting plastics use, there are good examples of everyone doing their part and I am sure many of you will play a role in your own communities to identify problems, but better yet, to develop solutions.’

Meghan, 36, impressed guests with her grasp of their concerns and vowed to continue her campaigning for gender equality.

Jacob Thomas, a 28-year-old activist from Melbourne, Australia, who supports the LGBT community, said: ‘The Duchess has had a very longstanding commitment to work for gender equality and she made it clear that will continue.’

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