Meghan Markle Says It Is An ‘Honor’ To Continue Queen’s Commonwealth Legacy

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020 in London, England.
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During a video call with Prince Harry and leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), Meghan Markle said it was an “honor” to continue the Queen’s legacy through her involvement with the organization. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the “Digital For Good” conversation — which was shared on YouTube on Thursday — from their Santa Barbara base. The conversation focused on social media and the positive role it can play in society.

During the chat, the couple spoke highly of the Commonwealth, as Meghan revealed the “incredible pride” she feels about her work with the QCT. She said that the work allowed her to connect with young people across the Commonwealth, who always came with questions as well as solutions.

“That’s what I think is so inspiring and why I’m incredibly proud to be able to work with the QCT, but why it’s the continuation of the legacy of your grandmother,” Meghan stated.

During the latest call, Harry and Meghan heaped praise on the Queen as well. Prince Harry said that his grandmother has achieved everything she wanted to when she originally took on the “huge responsibility” of leading the Commonwealth.

Meghan acknowledged that she wasn’t as familiar with the Commonwealth as her husband, and expressed her gratitude that joining the Royal family has allowed her to become more involved.

“I think from my standpoint, being newer to the world of the Commonwealth, I lived in Canada for several years but it wasn’t until joining the family that I was able to meet so many young people throughout the Commonwealth,” she said.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England.
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The Commonwealth — which is headed by the Queen — is an association of 54 member states, almost all of which are territories that once made up the British Empire. As The Daily Mail noted, following a previous meeting with the group, Prince Harry came under fire from some after saying the history of the Commonwealth “must be acknowledged,” even if it is “uncomfortable” to do so.

The pair also discussed mental health during the video conference. They remarked that the Covid-19 pandemic had made individuals more dependent on devices, adding that people are heading online in order to feel a sense of community more than ever before.

“Everyone’s mental and emotional wellbeing are perhaps more fragile than ever before, certainly with Covid and our dependability on devices right now in the absence of human interaction,” Meghan said.

The royal couple’s conference call appeared to be part of their ongoing mission to address how social media can be used in a more positive manner. As The Inquisitr reported, on August 6, Prince Harry wrote an essay for Fast Company, in which he revealed that he and his wife had been reaching out to business leaders to ask them to reconsider their role in funding social media platforms through advertising spend.