Meghan Markle — feminist and former UN Women’s advocate — visited Birmingham on International Women’s Day with her royal fiancé.
She’s more than just a famous bride-to-be, that Meghan Markle.
The soon-to-be royal has worked with the international charity One Young World, World Vision Canada, the Clean Water Campaign and UN Women. And to think, some naysayers question what Prince Harry sees in her. (Madness, I tell you!)
Ever since news of her engagement to Harry first broke on Nov. 27, Meghan has made a concerted effort to involve herself in as many UK-established charities and foundations as possible.
On March 8 (aka. International Women’s Day), she continued that trend with a visit to Birmingham — the latest stop on a cross-UK tour that the American actress and her royal fiancé are undertaking in the lead-up to their highly-anticipated May 19 nuptials. Previous stops included Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Brixton in south London.
This time around, in recognition of IWD, the royal couple attended an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes, which encourages young women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) — fields of study typically dominated by men.
The couple later toured the Nechells Wellbeing Centre and met with Birmingham’s Coach Core apprentices — a program developed by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to train people aged 16-24 with limited opportunities to become mentors and sports coaches within their communities.
Following her wedding, Meghan will become the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation, although she’s already jumped feet-first into her new role.
In February, the “New Fab Four” took the stage together for the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum to discuss current and upcoming charitable projects, including Invictus Games and the mental health initiative Heads Together.