There was a surprise in store as the Duchess arrived...with Prince Harry in the driving seat of an electric Audi.
Meghan wanted Harry there today, and it was very much a perfect fit, as the couple were in attendance in their roles as President and Vice-President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.
I've talked about their dedication to the trust and the seriousness with which they have both taken the roles. I know their involvement has been transformative for the organisation in terms of raising awareness and getting projects off the ground, such as the collaboration with One Young World, which saw scholarships offered to Commonwealth youth. It's so exciting to see how ambitious they are when it comes to building the trust, honouring the Queen's legacy, and continuing to support the next generation of Commonwealth youth.
When we heard Harry and Meghan were moving to Frogmore Cottage, I thought Windsor Castle could possibly provide the perfect setting for engagements. Just a few minutes drive from their home to the royal residence, it holds very special memories, from their wedding to Archie's christening at St George's Chapel.
The round table was led by QCT Chief Executive, Nicola Brentnall, with moderation from One Young World Counsellors Rosanna Burgos and Mark Tewksbury. Participants included impactful young leaders from around the world who are leading projects and ventures that support gender equality and inclusion in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Iraq, Malawi and Bangladesh. Discussion focused on how these young leaders are enabling meaningful change for empowering women. They shared achievements and best practices that have helped empower communities to overcome complex challenges and significant obstacles.
The Telegraph reports:
'The Duke and the Duchess heard from the founder of the south African organisation Motholung Network Against Women and Child Abuse, Lebogang Bogopane, about her personal experiences of familial domestic violence.
Ms Bogopane said: "I got married very young and experienced domestic violence. My mother is a survivor and I'm also a survivor. One day I said 'I'm tired, this needs to stop'."
She told the duchess about her project Bake for Hope, which provides locally baked bread - something that she said is still a luxury in certain parts of South Africa.'
Meghan addressed the group telling them: "I think we're all aware that One Young World has been very important to me for several years and now being vice president of QCT - it just felt like the perfect medley. What you're all capable of doing independently is incredible but then when you work collectively, our intention today is to try to create somewhat of a task force to see what we can do within our communities and then use that knowledge to apply it to whatever is happening in all these other communities. 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."
Meghan turned to Harry and added: "For this reason it made complete sense to let him join today. So thank you for letting him crash the party."
Meghan also discussed her work on empowering women and their recent visit to South Africa.
The video below has excellent footage from the meeting.
More on guests present from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.
As the meeting drew to a close, Meghan said: "I can't wait for our update in three months to hear how you are all doing. Thank you for being an inspiration." Omid Scobie reports: "Today’s gender equality discussion was not a one-off, it was the start of a task force that will work closely to share learnings from their different communities to help each other’s."
A closer look at these two!
You'll notice Meghan had a copy of How To Make A Difference by One Young World Founder Kate Robertson and her sister Ella. The book features a foreword by Kofi Anan and is "a practical roadmap to modern day activism".
Meghan and Kate were reunited at the One Young World opening ceremony earlier this week (it was quite the moment :)). The pair go way back, owing to Meghan's work as a youth counsellor for the organisation since 2014.
Meghan looked magnificent in red for today's Windsor engagement. The ruby and deep red shades made for a striking autumn look for the Duchess.
Meghan wore a fitted v neck sweater. HeavenQRF identified it as the Deep V Pullover by British brand Joseph. It's available in several colours for £235.
The sweater was teamed with the Hugo Boss Selrita Ruby Leather Pencil Skirt. The £369 piece is described as: "A chic pencil skirt by BOSS Womenswear, crafted in lambskin with a super-soft feel. Cut to a straight fit for a flattering silhouette, this sleek skirt is designed with a back vent and smooth lining." It's available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Hugo Boss. Interestingly, Queen Letizia wore the same skirt yesterday (Read more on that over at Liz's fantastic blog).
Meghan also owns the skirt in forest green, she wore it for a day of engagements in Sussex last year.
Meghan's shoes are the Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps in cabarnet suede.
Meghan accessorised with her Emily Mortimer Hera earrings.
And the Vargas 18K Gold Manta Kiss Stack Ring and Bow Knot Ring (with thanks to HRH Pink Lemonade).
More on the background of Vargos Goteo:
'Grown of the desire to create original, unique designs driven by true conservationist ideals, established in 2010 by designer Alex Prijic Smith, Vargas Goteo became one of the firsts in its field to initiate a new perspective on the notion of value, highlighting the conservation of poached, illegally traded and irresponsibly sourced wildlife.
Each collection raises awareness and contributes directly to carefully selected ocean and wildlife organization campaigns. These include anti-shark finning, manta ray conservation, coral reef restoration, anti-ivory poaching and anti-rhino poaching organizations.'
Alex Prijic Smith, Founder & Designer said: "There's much more value in leaving something where it belongs. Vargas Goteo pieces are symbols of that respect. It's a great feeling to give back, and if wearing or gifting a piece can provide someone a way to do that, it makes it all that much more valuable."
What do you think of Meghan's look today? I'm very excited to see this taskforce develop.