Last week the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in their roles as President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, hosted a young leaders event at Buckingham Place.
The group discussed mental health, equal opportunities for all, and the importance of supporting youth leadership to help address global challenges and drive positive change around the world.
Below, QCT young leader, Kenny Imafidon, a social entrepreneur, activist and QCT Advisor, assisted Harry and Meghan with hosting the discussion.
An award-winning social entrepreneur and campaigner, Kenny is also the co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a social and market research agency. The agency specializes in research on young people, under-represented/unheard groups and vulnerable communities. He is also an advisor to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Below is the video of the group’s discussion that kicked off the event.
Each young leader had a chance to share their story in a short video clip.
Young leader and award winner Esther Marshall is the founder of sTandTall, an organisation that provides support and resources to individuals suffering from abuse and bullying via an online platform, community and education programs. She is also the author of the children’s book, Sophie Says I Can I Will, which empowers children to fulfill their dreams regardless of gender, race or religion.
Esther discusses her work in the video below.
Amna Akhtar and Kiran Kaur are Co-founders of Girldreamer, a non-profit organisation based in the UK that acts as an empowerment platform for millennial and gen z women of colour. The two share their story in the video clip below.
Izzy Obeng is public speaker, business coach and social entrepreneur who founded Foundervine, an international training consultancy specializing in start-up and scale-up acceleration programs. Their core mission is to remove social barriers to entrepreneurship and build the greatest network of digitally enabled businesses in the world. Learn more about Izzy’s experiences in her video clip below.
Finally, Victor Ugo who is founder of Mentally Aware Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest user-led youth mental health networks. The network has over 1500 active volunteers and chapters in 18 out of 36 states in Nigeria. Hear more about Victor’s story in the video below.
Read more about all of these brilliant young leaders on the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust site here.
We now take a quick look at what the Duchess wore for the event.
Meghan wore a dress by Preen by Thronton Bregazzi. It is the Glenda asymmetric pleated georgette midi dress, $920. The dress is also available in limited sizes at Olivela, $1,265 as well as Farfetch, $1393.
Meghan may have worn her Aquazzura ‘Purist’ pumps 105 in nude leather, $695.
She also wore the Edge by Ember ‘Wave’ earrings in gold, $87. You can pre-order the earrings now for shipment in early April.
We leave you with this photo from Sussex Royal who shared an outtake from filming.