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Meghan Markle is announced as a ‘special guest’ at Girl Up’s online leadership summit

Speaking opportunities seem to be coming thick and fast for Meghan Markle, as it was announced today that the Duchess will appear as a special guest at a summit for the Girl Up campaign next week.

The campaign organization, with the motto ‘unite girls to change the world’, has revealed that the royal will appear at the virtual Global Leadership Summit 2020, among other big names, including Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra.

The 38-year-old royal is a keynote speaker at the online event, taking place July 13-15, the Girl Up campaign said in a post on all of its social media platforms.

It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Prince Harry and Meghan as they shift the focus of their royal work to racial equality and social justice.

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Wanted!  The flyer that posted the Girl Up campaign on their social media platforms today, announcing that the Duchess of Sussex will be a keynote speaker at their online leadership summit next week

Wanted! The flyer that posted the Girl Up campaign on their social media platforms today, announcing that the Duchess of Sussex will be a keynote speaker at their online leadership summit next week

Meghan, 38, is now more than accustomed to speaking through conferencing software that recently dialed in several events, including an address last month to her former high school, the Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles, where the royal king spoke to deserters about death by George Floyd

Meghan, 38, is now more than accustomed to speaking through conferencing software that recently dialed in several events, including an address last month to her former high school, the Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles, where the royal king spoke to deserters about death by George Floyd

Meghan, 38, is now more than accustomed to speaking through conferencing software that recently dialed in several events, including an address last month to her former high school, the Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles, where the royal king spoke to deserters about death by George Floyd

The announcement announcing the appearance of the Duchess of Sussex read: “The present is feminine! But don’t take our word for it. ⁠

“Hear from our keynote speaker Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, as she takes the stage at our Leadership Summit 2020, taking place July 13-15!”

The campaign group said this year’s summit promises to be: “unforgettable with interactive virtual workshops, panels with world leaders, and much more.”

On the colorful flyer, the Duchess was depicted in the center against a glossy background, with the yellow Girl Up campaign logo at the top.

Earlier this week, the campaign group announced that actor, producer and activist Priyanka Chopra will participate in a Q&A summit next week.

And a week ago, it was revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama would be offering a special message to delegates.

Girl Up said: ‘We have BIG news !! Former US First Lady @michelleobama will share a special message on behalf of @girlsopportunityalliance at our 2020 @GirlUpCampaign Leadership Summit! ‘

In good company!  Meghan Markle joins a great line-up of the event, including a message from former First Lady Michelle Obama

In good company!  Meghan Markle joins a great line-up of the event, including a message from former First Lady Michelle Obama

In good company! Meghan Markle joins a great line-up of the event, including a message from former First Lady Michelle Obama

Speaking from his Los Angeles home, Harry said, 'If you look over the Commonwealth, there's no way to go forward unless we recognize the past

Speaking from his Los Angeles home, Harry said, 'If you look over the Commonwealth, there's no way to go forward unless we recognize the past

Speaking from his Los Angeles home, Harry said, ‘If you look over the Commonwealth, there’s no way to go forward unless we recognize the past

Prince Harry risked upset the royal family by insisting that the Commonwealth “recognize the past” in a video call with Meghan Markle and young leaders from across the Commonwealth. Pictured, Chrisann Jarrett (UK) (top left), Mike Omoniyi (UK), (top right), Alicia Wallace (Bahamas) (bottom left) and Abdullahi Alim (Australia) (bottom right)

The Duke of Sussex, 35, made the comment when he joined 38-year-old woman Meghan Markle for a video call with young leaders of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust last week

The Duke of Sussex, 35, made the comment when he joined 38-year-old woman Meghan Markle for a video call with young leaders of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust last week

The Duke of Sussex, 35, made the comment when he joined 38-year-old woman Meghan Markle for a video call with young leaders of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust last week

Earlier this week, Prince Harry was criticized for appearing to be making a swipe at the British Empire by saying that Commonwealth history “should be recognized”, even if it is “uncomfortable.”

The Duke of Sussex, 35, made the comment when he and his wife Meghan made a video call last week with young leaders of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which was released today.

As part of the discussion on “justice and equal rights,” Harry said that the Commonwealth should follow others who “have recognized the past” and “are trying to correct their mistakes,” and have also admitted that he has his own “unconscious bias” has.

Meanwhile, Meghan said it is also a “reckoning” time when individuals must raise their hands to “own” their past mistakes.

Harry, whose grandmother is the Queen’s head of the Commonwealth, said from his Los Angeles home, “If you look over the Commonwealth, there is no way to move forward unless we recognize the past. So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to correct those mistakes, but I think we all recognize that there is so much more to do. ‘

The statement appears to be a smudge to the British Empire, which was ruled by its ancestors and led to the establishment of the Commonwealth, and goes against the protocol of royals not wading into politics.

The intervention was criticized by Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who said that MailOnline’s Prince Harry’s comments were “disappointing” and would not “please” the queen.

Mr. Rosindell said, “I understand that Harry and Meghan have waived membership in the royal family.

“That’s why I’m surprised he would make such comments. I disagree with what he says. We should look forward, not back. As someone who has left the royal family, he has to focus on his own life and not get involved in politics.

“That’s not the right way to do it. I am also not sure if his grandmother would be too happy. ‘

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