The Duchess of Sussex has insisted conversations about gender equality and female empowerment “can’t happen without men”.
Meghan Markle met with youth ambassadors from One Young World at Windsor Castle on Friday morning for a roundtable discussion on initiatives to improve gender equality.
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the event, which the Duchess said “made complete sense” given the meeting’s focus on equality between men and women.
She said: “In terms of gender equality, which is something I have championed for a long time, I think that conversation can't happen without men being a part of it.
“So for this reason it made complete sense to let him [Harry] join today. So thank you for letting him crash the party.”
The Duke of Sussex arrived at the event in a grey electric Audi, following accusations of hypocrisy for having used private jets while championing environmental causes.
The participants - who represented organisations from countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Iraq, Malawi and Bangladesh - also shared their personal achievements and the best practices that had helped them overcome complex challenges and significant obstacles.
The aim was to create “somewhat of a taskforce” to look at how successful work in one community can be applied to another.
It was the couple’s first public engagement since a television interview in which the couple addressed the intense tabloid interest in them since their marriage in May 2018.
The Duchess said that just surviving the spotlight is “not the point of life” while the Duke told of the pressure he felt trying to protect his family from unwanted media attention.