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Meghan Markle Lends Her Support To Time's Up At First Official Event With Kate, William And Harry

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Meghan Markle has pledged to ‘hit the ground running’ in her efforts to empower women in the UK at her first official royal event with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Joining her fiancé and her future brother and sister in law for the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum, Meghan expressed her excitement at becoming the Foundation’s fourth patron upon her marriage to Harry.

The foursome previously attended the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham together, but today’s event marked the first time they have joined forces for a work engagement.

While the former Suits star was unable to share details of her future work with the Foundation, describing her plans as ‘to be continued,’ she stressed the importance of female empowerment in the era of #MeToo and Time’s Up, namechecking both campaigns.

‘I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment; you will hear people saying that they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen,’ she said.

‘I think right now in the climate where we are seeing so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them […] that makes such a tremendous difference.’

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Alluding to her forthcoming wedding, which will take place on May 19th at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Meghan acknowledged that she might have to ‘hold tight’ before she can ‘hit the ground running.’

When one audience member asked the four royals if they ever had ‘disagreements,’ William injected some levity into proceedings, joking ‘Oh yes!’ before his younger brother clarified that those disagreements were always ‘healthy.’

‘I think it’s really good we have got four different personalities and we all have that same passion to make a difference. We have different opinions and they work really well,’ he added.

The Duchess, who took to the podium to discuss her future plans for the Heads Together mental health campaign, wore a blue dress by her go-to maternity label Seraphine; Meghan, meanwhile, opted for a Jason Wu belted wrap dress in a darker shade of navy.