Prince Harry is the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and joined a roundtable discussion with young people from around the Commonwealth to continue discussion on strategies and targets for the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020, encouraging the youth to stay focused on their commitment to change, and making mental health awareness a part of that plan:
"As I have spoken to young people on my travels, one of the recurring themes is the lack of mental health support for those under 30 and the remaining stigma and absence of services available. And while this may seem streamlined, and even niche to some, what I have come to understand so deeply is that all health is interconnected – our mental health, our planet’s health, the health of our communities. We do not survive, and certainly do not thrive without the acknowledgment and understanding that in addressing one problem, we are paradoxically solving another. That is the power you hold in your hands."
🎥 Watch more of The Duke of Sussex’s speech at the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable today here: https://t.co/hdYt9BYXQ4— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 30, 2019
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Shortly after Harry wrapped up his meeting, Meghan Markle made her first visit as official Patron to the National Theatre. She watched a performance of War Horse by schoolchildren and a rehearsal of Pericles and spoke to members of the company:
Meeting Blessing, aged 13, who is passionate about inspiring others through storytelling — her @NationalTheatre Public Acts experience as part of the cast of Pericles allowed her to ‘discover more about what she could do and gain more confidence’. pic.twitter.com/sqmhx3a5Ed— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 30, 2019
Meghan’s association with the National Theatre is, of course, a natural fit. She studied theatre at Northwestern. She was an actor before she became a duchess. She understands the value and contribution of art to an evolved and compassionate society. For the Queen to pass on this patronage is a no-brainer. She’ll be able to connect and relate to the work of the National Theatre in a much more intimate way. And it’s perhaps the closest she’ll ever come to acting again…
Which is why I’m holding onto that dream of her presenting at an award show. Like the Oscars. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I heard they were trying to make it happen at the Oscars last year, Harry and Royal Meghan presenting. Didn’t work out logistically. That would be a huge get for the Academy. And we know they’re all about securing as many special presenters as possible. A few years ago, Michelle Obama presented Best Picture. To Argo. Via satellite. You think they could do the same with the Duchess of Sussex?