Meghan Markle will focus on helping women in developing countries when she announces her first royal charity patronages next year
- Duchess of Sussex has been having secret briefings with a number of charities
- These include a charity which helps people alleviate poverty through education
- Has already helped nearly three million girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa
Meghan (pictured in London on November 19) has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education
The Duchess of Sussex is to put education for women in developing countries at the heart of her public work, when she announces her first royal patronages next year, Mail Online can reveal.
Meghan, 37, has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education – which works in several African countries, including Zambia, which was visited by Prince Harry last week.
It is understood that she and Harry are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors.
Meghan is a passionate advocate of the work of charity CAMFED, which believes one of the best way to alleviate poverty and inequality is through education. It has already affected the lives of nearly three million girls and young women across sub-Saharan Africa.
Its CEO, Lucy Lake, who was with the sixth in line to the throne in Zambia, revealed to the Mail that she had briefed his wife privately at Kensington Palace earlier this year about their work in the country, as well as Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.
The Duchess was also met with Zimbabwean-born Angeline Murimirwa, one of the first girls to go to secondary school with the organisation’s support and is now its African executive director. She was named last year as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women.
Lucy said: ‘We had the opportunity to meet with the Duchess in the spring. As an organisation our team very much represents what we are working towards and that was why the Duchess was interested to meet with us and hear more about that.
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‘The way both she and her husband have spoken about these issues in such a thoughtful and discerning manner has really helped the wider movement. It’s exciting times.
‘We have been working for 25 years supporting girls through education and enabling those young women to make the transition in their communities into positions of leadership, to turn around and support the next generation.
‘It’s wonderful that the Royal Family is engaging with the issue in this way. For the young people in Zambia to feel that Prince Harry was on a level with them and genuinely interested in what they are doing, left them very inspired and motivated, as was he. That’s a very powerful force. ‘
It is understood that she and Harry (seen at their wedding on May 19) are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors
It is hoped that the pregnant duchess will be able to travel out to Africa and see CAMFED’s work for herself after she has had her baby next spring.
Royal sources say the duchess has been having meetings with a number of organisations and is still finalising which areas to work in and what charities to support as she moves on with her public work.
It is understood that she is particularly keen to support issues where she can work alongside her husband.
Aides hope to make an announcement about her first patronages in the new year, eight months after she joined the Royal Family.
Although it is considered quite a long time to wait before announcing her patronages, it is understood that Meghan wishes to ‘really get to know’ the organisations she wants to work with in order to make a ‘real and lasting’ difference.
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