The Summit is a global forum bringing together young leaders from around the world to further social impact with a mission “to create the next generation of more responsible and effective leadership”.
— Luke Powell (@LukePowell88) October 22, 2019
The Duchess first joined One Young World (OYW) as a counselor in 2014 at the summit in Dublin where she addressed the young leaders on the importance of women’s rights and the role men play in achieving equality.
Below, Meghan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2016 summit held in Ottawa, Canada.
From Hello Magazine, the Duchess’s comments when asked about becoming a counselor for One Young World —
“When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World my response was a resounding ‘yes’. One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good. They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”
The summit, which takes place over 4 days at some of London’s most iconic buildings, includes more than 2,000 young leader delegates from more than 190 countries.
British school performers opened the ceremony with a cover of The Clash’s London Calling.
— John O’Brien MBE (@Johnwritlarge) October 22, 2019
British actor Warwick Davis, most notably known for the movies Willow, Harry Potter and Star Wars, hosted this evening’s event.
Lord Mayor of London, Peter Eslin gave a few words.
Today the stars are not on the stage, they are in the audience.
All of you are making a huge difference in business, in culture and wider society”
“The air is charged with creative thought and new ideas.”
One Young World was started in London 2010 by founders, Kate Robertson and David Jones (as seen below from a previous year). This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the first summit.
Below, Kate and David share their opening ceremony remarks.
We are honoured and excited to be bringing the 10th #OYW Summit to London. We want to inspire young leaders to change the world for the better.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan was introduced and delivered remarks as well.
London is the most diverse city in the world”
“Our diversity is a strength, not a weakness”
“You are always welcome in London”
Next the One Young World counselors and ambassadors were introduced one by one. Among them were singer Ellie Goulding, Forces for Change ambassador, educator and advocate Sinead Burke as well as singer and activist, Sir Bob Geldof, from the 80’s New Wave band, The Boomtown Rats.
Bob Geldof at a previous year’s OYW summit.
The Duchess was the last to be introduced as one of the counselors.
Sussex Royal shared this video of the Duchess being introduced.
More from Sussex Royal Instagram —
Surrounded by today’s generation of impactful young leaders, The Duchess of Sussex attended the 10th Annual One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at the @RoyalAlbertHall in London along with 2,000 young leaders from 190+ countries.
This is her third time in attendance as a counselor for these extraordinary young leaders from around the world, and her first time attending as a member of The Royal Family and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust.
For more information, visit @OneYoungWorld or our previous post to see her support of this organisation in recent years. #OWY2019″
Sussex Royal also revealed that later this week The Duchess will hold a roundtable discussion with several of the OYW young leaders to “address the issue of gender equity worldwide, and how we can all play our part to reach equality for all.”
An enormous Union Jack flag was rolled out over the audience towards the end of the ceremony.
Meghan wore repeat pieces for tonight’s ceremony.
She was in her Aritzia Babton ‘Maxwell’ dress in Acai purple.
We first saw the dress for her and Harry’s engagement earlier this year in Birkenhead, UK – January 2019.
She also wore her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 suede pumps with the ‘Tora’ heel in navy, $665. Select sizes are available at Neiman Marcus. The stiletto heel style is available in all sizes at Barney’s, ($665).
It appears, Meghan also wore the two bracelets she had on for the WellChild Awards last week; they have not yet been identified.
REMINDER – For those in the US who have been asking, the Harry & Meghan: An African Journey will air tomorrow night, 23 October on ABC at 10pm and hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
The piece covers the royal couple’s recent 10-day tour of Africa, including Archie and shows the Duke and Duchess speaking exclusively to iTV’s Tom Bradby about the causes and issues they care most about. It will also highlight “their fresh and personal approach to being modern royals,” ITV says. Read more about it here from Image.
While we’re letting you know about the broadcast, we would like to keep the focus on what Meghan wears. This really isn’t the forum for discussion of what is going on in a broader context. Unless you believe the issue relates to Meghan’s wardrobe choices.
I have watched the documentary and Tom Bradby has done an excellent job with the entire piece. If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend watching and taking the time to listen.
Thank you – Susan Courter, WMW.
- Read more about the Duchess attending past One Young World Summits here.
- Watch the recording of today’s One Young World 2019 Opening Ceremony here.
- Hello Mag piece is here.