Scotland Times

Monday, Oct 02, 2023

Meghan says ‘it’s nice to be back’ in first UK speech in two years

Meghan says ‘it’s nice to be back’ in first UK speech in two years

Duchess of Sussex walked on stage to huge cheers at the One Young World summit in Manchester

The Duchess of Sussex has urged young leaders from around the world to “cement their place in history” by working to “create a better future”.

Opening the One Young World summit in Manchester, Meghan told delegates from 202 countries and territories: “You are the future … you are the present.”

She added: “You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change needed across the globe now, in this very moment.”

In her first speech in Britain since she and Harry left for California, she said it was “very nice to be back in the UK” and to be back at One Young World, with which she has been a counsellor since 2014.

She spoke of her “nervousness” and the “pinch-me moment” of her first summit. “I was the girl from Suits, and I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists,” she said.




By the 2019 summit, she said it was “fair to say, my life had changed”. Talking about motherhood, Meghan said: “My worldview had expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child [Archie, born 6 May 2019], and I would ask what is this world he would come to adopt, and what can we do, what can I do to make it better.”

She was thrilled once again to be back with Harry. “To meet again here with him by my side makes it all feel full circle,” she said.

“We often hear people say the time is now, but I’m going to double down on that by saying that your time is now. The important work can’t wait for tomorrow.

“And this week the world is watching as you cement your place in history by showcasing the good that you are doing today in the present moment, as we embrace the moment of now to create a better tomorrow.”

Meghan, who arrived hand in hand with Harry, received huge cheers as she walked on to the stage at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall before 2,300 delegates. Her last UK speech was in March 2020 on International Women’s Day.

Other counsellors addressing the summit included: Sir Bob Geldof, who spoke about the dangers of nationalism; the former Irish president Mary Robinson, who spoke on leadership; and the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham.

The couple took the train from London to Manchester, having travelled to Euston station in an electric Range Rover accompanied by two former Metropolitan police officers, understood to be part of their private security detail.

They are staying at their former marital home, Frogmore Cottage, close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new home Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, though it is not known if the couples are scheduled to meet or if the Sussexes will visit Charles, or the Queen, who are both at the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry arrived at the summit hand in hand.


The trip comes just days after Meghan’s wide-ranging interview with The Cut magazine in which she said it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted that she can “say anything”.

She also said that “just by existing” she and Harry were “upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy” before they stepped down as senior working royals in 2020.

The Manchester engagement is the first of several this week, which will see the couple attend an event in Düsseldorf in Germany to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games, founded by Harry.

On Thursday, they will return to London for the annual WellChild awards where Harry, as patron, will deliver a speech.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Scotland Times
Close
0:00
0:00
UK Island Orkney council to look at proposals to become territory of Norway
Woman Awarded Over £100,000 After Being Fired for Transgender Tweet
A provocative study suggests: Left-Wing Extremism and its Unsettling Connection to Psychopathy and Narcissism
A Real woman
Brand new security footage has just been released to the public showing the Active shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale drove to Covenant Church School in her Honda Fit this morning, parked, and shot her way into the building
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Double standards: UK lawmakers attack EU chief over Ireland claims
Democracy? Not for UK. UK PM rejects Scottish independence referendum, cancel democracy in BVI
UK urged to brace for economic storm
Women's own body dissatisfaction appears to influence their judgment of other women's body sizes
Prince William To Move Family Into Cottage Near Queen Elizabeth II
BOOOOOOS: Tony Blair receives royal honour
Captured Britons sentenced to death in Ukraine
Barbados PM Mia A. Mottley among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
Today's headlines
"Just One Of the Boys In School:" Years That Shaped Prince Charles
BVI Premier Rubbishes Claim Of Causing COI Delay
Comments on "Human Intelligence in a Digital Age" - A brilliant Speech by MI6 Chief Richard Moore, and the elephants neglected in the room
Bitcoin: BoE Deputy Gov wants to cancel democracy and protect the banks with regulations which infringe on people’s freedom, independence and benefits they get from their own money.
What are the Pandora Papers?
Taiwan-China relations at their 'worst in 40 years'
The attempt to hold Epik.com accountable for the content of its clients' websites is like blaming Gutenberg for the NYT's fake news that dragged the US into the pointless war against the nuclear weapons Iraq never had
×