The Duchess of Sussex has been named on a star-studded panel for the opening day of the SXSW festival in Texas, alongside actress Brooke Shields, author Katie Couric and pop culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen.
South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, is an annual festival celebrating the convergence of technology, film, music, education and culture. This year it will take place March 8-16 in Austin, Texas.
Meghan will participate in the inaugural speech that coincides with International Women’s Day.
The session, titled Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead on and Off Screen, will also be moderated by Errin Haines, host of The Amendment podcast.
It will be the latest in a series of public appearances Meghan and Prince Harry have made in recent weeks, the latest of which saw the duchess appear via video link in London to open a new wing of a charity to animals.
This was published via the new Sussex.com website she launched with Harry, which instantly became controversial due to the prominence of her royal brand.
In early February, she made dumplings with female Afghan refugees, before a clip of the visit was posted on the Archewell Foundation website last Monday.
The Duke and Duchess also recently returned from a trip to the slopes of Whistler, Vancouver, where Harry gave a series of interviews to US media ahead of next year’s Invictus Games.
The Duchess of Sussex has been named to a star-studded panel on the opening day of the SXSW festival in Texas.
Brooke Shields also features on the main panel
And Katie Couric will also be at the annual festival in Austin, Texas.
Meghan followed up with another ski trip with her friends Kelly McKee Zajfen and Heather Dorak at Powder Mountain near Salt Lake City in Utah.
Hugh Forrest, SXSW Co-Chair and Director of Programming, said: ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, Nancy Wang Yuen and Errin Haines are the perfect finishing touch to eight days of outstanding keynote speakers.
“We are very honored to host this distinguished group on International Women’s Day for an important discussion on the importance of representation in media and entertainment.”
Meghan has been chosen by SXSW because she and the other guests are seen as “visionary female leaders at the forefront of news, media, entertainment and philanthropy.”
They are also described as women “who are breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes and working for a healthier society on and off our screens.”
Previously announced featured speakers and panelists at this year’s festival include Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst and Sydney Sweeney.