Duchess Meghan’s Court Circular 2019

Contributed by Tina Franklin

    March 22, 2019

  1. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron, Smart Works attended a meeting at Smart Works Headquarters. She met with Kate Stephens (CEO).

    • According to Omid Scobie’s tweet, The charity has been growing rapidly since Meghan became patron. In February they helped 187 women in London alone (47% more than this time last year).
    • Venue: St. Charles Hospital, Exmoor Street, London W10

    March 19, 2019

  2. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex representing the British Royal Family, visited New Zealand House & offered condolences to the people of New Zealand in wake of the Christchurch Terrorist Attack.

    • The High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae greeted them with the traditional Maori greeting (Hongi)
    • The Sussexes were also welcomed by the Deputy High Commissioner, David Evans.
    • The Duke & Duchess of Sussex each laid a flower bouquet at the entrance.
    • The Sussexes signed the book of condolences on behalf of the British Royal family.
    • They met New Zealand House staff.
    • Venue: New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4TQ, UK

    March 13, 2019

  3. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron, the Royal National Theatre, this afternoon received Ms. Lisa Burger (Executive Director) and Mr. Rufus Norris (Artistic Director).

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, UK

    March 12, 2019

  4. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron ACU, received Dr. Joanna Newman (Chief Executive and Secretary General).

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, UK

    March 11, 2019

  5. Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

    • The theme of the 2019 Commonwealth Day Service was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. This year the Commonwealth of Nations celebrates its 70th Anniversary.
    • The other Royal Family members in attendance were HM Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, & Prince Andrew.
    • Venue: Westminster abbey, 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK
  6. Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended a Commonwealth Day Event at Canada House. The event showcased and celebrated young Canadians studying, working & living in the UK.

    • The Duke & Duchess were greeted by Her Excellency Janice Charette (Canada’s High Commissioner) upon their arrival to Canada House.
    • Harry & Meghan signed the guest book.
    • The Sussexes met young Canadian professionals working in the UK; Rhodes Scholars studying in the UK; and young Canadian entrepreneurs.
    • Harry & Meghan made maple taffy with children. Afterwards they posed with the children & others, who were present.
    • The Duke & Duchess watched & listened to a performance by Canadian throat singers
    • Before the Sussexes departed Canada House, Her Excellency Janice Charette (Canada’s High Commissioner) gave a brief speech and gifted Baby Sussex a gift. The gift consisted of a Maple Leaf onesie, Hudson’s Bay Company knitted mittens & cap, and Manitoba Mukluks.
    • Venue: Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BJ

    March 8, 2019

  7. The Duchess of Sussex, Vice- President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), attended a QCT panel meeting this afternoon. The meeting was held to recognize International Women’s Day.

    • She was received by Colonel Jane Davis, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.
    • Venue: Bush House, Kings College London, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG
  8. The Duchess of Sussex, Vice- President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), took part in a panel discussion hosted by QCT to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    • The Theme for this Year’s Women’s Day is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”
    • Meghan was officially named the Vice-President of the QCT on this date.
    • The panel discussion was chaired by Anne McElvoy (senior editor of The Economist)
    • The audience included young leaders and university students.
    • The Duchess of Sussex posed for photographs with the other members of the panel.
    • The Duchess had an impromptu mini-walkabout before she departed. She met & greeted several students, who had gathered outside the venue.
    • Venue: King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

    March 7, 2019

  9. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron Mayhew, received Ms. Caroline Yates (CEO of Mayhew).

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

    March 6, 2019

  10. The Duke of Sussex, President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, gave a speech during the WE Day UK event.

    • Prince Harry was one of many speakers, world leaders and change makers that participated in the event. Other notable speakers & performers in attendance were brothers & WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, singers Liam Payne & Nicole Scherzinger, supermodel Naomi Campbell and model, self care and mental health activist Iskra Lawrence.
    • Unbeknown to the audience, the Duchess of Sussex also attended the WE Day UK event. As Prince Harry concluded his speech he said, “I’m now going to try and drag my wife on stage”. Meghan joined Harry on stage as he concluded his speech saying.
    • I am with you, we are with you!’ Get to work!

    • The more than 12000 young people/students & teachers in the audience earned their seats by “…making a commitment to undertake at least one local and one global charitable act of their choice as part of the year-long school citizenship programme.” (Royal Life Magazine, Feb. 2019)
    • The Sussexes met some of the young people/students making a change in their communities.
    • Venue: The SSE Arena Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London HA9 0AA, UK

    March 5, 2019

  11. Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended a reception hosted by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

    • Buckingham Palace said the special reception in London would mark the prince’s 50 years of service to Wales, the UK and the Commonwealth, and will be an opportunity to celebrate a range of Welsh charities, organisations and businesses. (News & Star, Feb. 2019)
    • The reception celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles’ Investiture as the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was joined by family, friends, leaders (including the Prime Minister of UK, Rt. Hon. Theresa May), Welsh business & organizations representatives, and representatives & recipients of Prince Charles’s Welsh charities & patronages; including The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales.

    February 28, 2019

  12. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex held a meeting with members of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International affairs.

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

    February 25, 2019

  13. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex had an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

    • King Mohammed VI sent his vintage Mercedes 600 SEL to transport the Sussexes to and from the Palais Royal Dâr-al-Makhzen.
    • The Sussexes were greeted by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan.
    • The Duke & Duchess met King Mohammed VI & Prince Harry presented the King with letters from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
    • The Sussexes also met Prince Moulay Rachid, Princess Lalla Meryem & Princess Lalla Hasna.
    • Crown Prince Moulay Hassan bid the couple adieu.
    • Venue: Palais Royal Dâr-al-Makhzen, Rabat, Morocco
  14. The Sussexes visited Andalusian Gardens

    • A marketplace had been set up to showcase Moroccan products, businesses and arts & crafts.
    • The couple was greeted with a musical performance upon their arrival.
    • Met young entrepreneurs working to address Morocco’s youth unemployment & who support vulnerable communities through new initiatives.
    • Observed various businesses & products, Moroccan arts & crafts displayed.
    • The Duke and Duchess were gifted several items by artisans such as: a necklace, their names written in Arabic by a Moroccan calligrapher, a bronze plate & a floor cushion.
    • Venue: Andalusian Gardens, Rabat, Morocco
  15. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex visited the Villa Des Ambassadors

    • Chef Moha Fedal greeted the couple upon their arrival.
    • The Sussexes met representatives from Hadaf & learned more about how Hadaf teaches under-privileged young people (many with mild or moderate developmental disabilities) cooking skills.
    • They watched traditional Moroccan cuisine cooking demonstrations by children under the guidance of Chef Moha & tasted many Moroccan delicacies including pancakes with honey & almond butter a recipe from Together: Our Community Cookbook by The Hubb Community Kitchen.
    • Duchess Meghan gifted Chef Moha Together: Our Community Cookbook by The Hubb Community Kitchen & Chef Moha gifted the couple this cookbook: Le Vrai goût du Maroc : Une traversée du pays en 50 recettes Relié & each a personalized apron.
    • The Sussexes, Chef Moha & all the participants posed for a group photograph.
    • Venue: Villa Des Ambassadors, Rabat, Morocco
  16. The Sussexes visited The Royal Moroccan Equestrian Club Dar Essalam

    • The Sussexes visited the club to learn more about their equine therapy programme for disabled children and young people with mental health challenges.
    • The Duke & Duchess walked along a path in front of some horse stalls & met some of the horses.
    • The couple met the Centre’s founder Mr. Louis Broski & learned more about its equine therapy programme for children and young people with special needs & mental health challenges.
    • The Sussexes watched a riding demonstration and grooming session with children in the program. The couple met students and their teachers & discussed how their equine therapy has helped them.
    • They also met some of the club’s staff (instructors & trainers).
    • Venue: Royal Moroccan Equestrian Club Dar Essalam, Rabat, Morocco

    February 24, 2019

  17. The coupled attended an evening reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco Mr. Thomas Reilly and his wife.

    • Greeted by Mr. Reilly’s beautiful daughters Orla and Elsa Reilly, who presented the Duchess with two posies of flowers picked from their garden.
    • Received the traditional Moroccan Rosewater Greeting
    • Met influential Moroccan women, young Moroccan entrepreneurs, military representatives, and disabled athletes
    • Venue: Rabat, Morocco
  18. The Duke & Duchess visited the original Education For All boarding school

    • The Duke of Sussex invested Michael McHugo (founder) with a MBE.
    • “It is with great pleasure that on Her Majesty’s behalf, I present you with the badge of honour. May I congratulate you on all the work you have done to improve gender equality.”(Prince Harry)
    • Met housemothers & girls living in the EFA boarding houses
    • Posed for photographs
    • Venue: Asni, High Atlas Mountains, near Marrakesh, Morocco.
  19. The Sussexes visited Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas in Asni

    • Greeted by students, staff and locals
    • Observed an English Language class
    • Met students & teachers at school
    • Watched a football game & met players after the game
    • Posed for photographs
  20. Duke & Duchess of Sussex visited the High Atlas Mountains & Rabat, Morocco

    • The Sussexes visited Education For All boarding house in Asni
    • Toured the facilities & met boarding secondary school students and housemothers
    • Duchess Meghan took part in henna ceremony.

    February 23, 2019

  21. Duke & Duchess of Sussex officially arrive in Morocco

    • Guard of Honour at Casablanca Airport
    • The Duke of Sussex inspected the troops.
    • Sussexes were greeted by Thomas Reilly, the British Ambassador to Morocco, and his wife Alix Leah Catherine Reilly.
    • The couple were offered dates & milk (traditional welcome)
    • The Duke &Duchess were privately greeted by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at Palais Royal (Royal Palace) in Morocco.
    • Venue: Casablanca Mohammed V Airport, Casa-Oasis، Route de Nouasseur, Dar-el-Beida, Morocco

    February 13, 2019

  22. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Royal Foundation, attended a Meeting on Empowering Communities.

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

    February 12, 2019

  23. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended a gala performance of the “The Wider Earth”

    • Gala event to support the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust & the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy & commemorate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin.
    • Venue: Natural History Museum in London, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK

    February 7, 2019

  24. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended the Endeavour Fund Awards

    • The Duke & Duchess of Sussex met with guests & nominees at a meet & greet reception
    • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave a brief speech before she presented the Endeavour Fund’s Celebrating Excellence Award to Mr. Nathan Forster.
    • Prince Harry presented the Endeavour Fund’s Henry Worsley Award to former RAF Nurse Mr. Shaun Pascoe.
    • Venue: Draper’s Hall Throgmorton Ave, London EC2N 2DQ, UK
    • More infos about The Endeavour Fund Awards Editor’s Notes

    February 1, 2019

    The Duke & Duchess of Sussex visited Bristol

  25. Visited Empire Fighting Chance

    • The Duke & Duchess learned more about the work Empire Fighting Chance does to assist young people
    • Watched a live training session with Jamie and Martin (the founders of the charity)
    • The royal couple met and talked with the children present.
    • The Duchess Meghan asked the girls, “Do you feel strong and confident”.
    • The young girls replied ‘yes’ and Meghan said: “That’s great.”
    • Prince Harry asked for a room to be cleared at @EmpireFightingCso he could spend ten minutes speaking privately to a 15y/o boy who was struggling to process his grief after the death of his father, telling him: “The same thing happened to me.”
    • The Duke & Duchess viewed the gym’s championships that were displayed
    • The Duke & Duchess received gifts of personalized boxing gloves
    • The Duke & Duchess take a group photograph with all those present
    • Venue: The Mill, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0YJ, United Kingdom
  26. Visited One25 step away from the streets Charity (Embargoed engagement)

    • The Duke & Duchess learned about the work One25 Charity does to help “women break free from street sex work, addiction & other life-controlling issues” (@KensingtonRoyal, Feb. 1, 2019)
    • Met volunteers, who run the One25Charity outreach programme.

    “When you were being groomed at such a young age, and this is the only thing you know, you completely lose faith in society. You lose trust in every man, and probably everyone else around you. From a mental health perspective you are broken” (Duke of Sussex, Feb. 1, 2019)

    Toured the kitchen

    • Helped pack lunches & warm clothing that would be distributed that night to the women working the streets.
    • While packing lunches, Duchess Meghan suggested they wrote messages of affirmation & support on the bananas that would be distributed later that day.
    • Duchess Meghan wrote messages on bananas that read: “You are loved❤️”, “You are brave❤️” , “You are strong❤️”, “You are special❤️”
    • During a tour of the kitchen, the Duchess said: “I have an idea. “I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered. “It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture. I am in charge of the banana messaging.”(Duchess Meghan, Feb. 1 2019)

    • Venue: The Grosvenor Centre, 138a Grosvenor Road, St. Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8YA
  27. Visited Bristol Old Vic

    • Toured recently renovated foyer & other facilities
    • Toured an exhibition on the history of sound and theatre (guided by students from Year 5 from St. Werburgh’s Primary School
    • Harry tried his hands at operating an 18th century wind machine
    • Met & discussed acting with the students of Future Quest
    • Future Quest performs a short extract from Shakespeare’s King Lear, using 18th century sound effects
    • Duchess Meghan gave a pep-talk to the students & all those in attendance “…about the importance of theatre, and why the creative arts should be given same weight as sport in after school clubs.” (Telegraph.co.uk, Feb. 1, 2019)
    • Unveiled plaque to officially open the new foyer.
    • Listened to the members of Bristol Young Vic Company, perform a song (from their original play, Hercules). The presentation showcased the Bristol Old Vic’s theatre outreach programme.
    • Ate lunch at the Bristol Old Vic’s newly refurbished 1766 Bar and Kitchen.
    • Venue: King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED, UK
  28. Walkabout to meet the public, who had gathered in spite of the inclement weather, in front of Bristol Old Vic

  29. January 31, 2019

  30. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron, ACU, officially visited her Patronage

    • Duchess participated in an interactive workshop, where she met scholars, academics, ACU staff, learned more about the main ‘areas of work’ the ACU focuses on.
    • She visited six groups: Access and Inclusion -Disabilities, Access and Inclusion-Gender, Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation, Refugees, and ACU Staff.
    • In the Access and Inclusion – Disabilities group the Duchess met in person Ms Mayamiko Chibowa, who is a Chevening Scholar from Malawi, studying SEN Disability and Inclusive Education at the University of Roehampton.
    • The Duchess was able to converse with the three other participants in the Access and Inclusion- Disabilities group via Skype. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship recipients Mr Hilary Harawo, Mr Ntani Nsutebu and Mr Almachius Rwegasira Hilary, who are studying in Ghana, were able to discuss their work with the Duchess.
    • The Duchess met & discussed the work of the ACU’s Peace & Reconciliation Network with academics & Commonwealth Scholars in the Peace & Reconciliation group. She met Commonwealth PhD Scholar Ishrat Hossain (a Bangladeshi) who discussed her research with the Duchess.
    • The Duchess also met Logan Brown, a Marshall Scholar studying Terrorism, Security and Society at King’s College London in the Peace & Reconciliation group. Ms. Brown gifted the Duchess the children’s book Denali Dreams, which she authored.
    • In the Refugee group the Duchess met an academic & Commonwealth Scholars. One of whom was Marshall Scholar Devika Ranjan (an American), who is studying Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
    • Unplanned walkabout to thank some of the spectators, who braved cold conditions
    • stayed more than 20 minutes longer than planned
    • Venue: City, University of London: Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0HB, UK

    January 30, 2019

  31. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron, National Theatre, officially visited her Patronage.

    • Joined workshop for Public Arts
    • Watched a line run from Shakespeare’s Pericles (Public Arts workshop production)
    • Met Emily Lim (Director of Public Arts & Blessing), Percy & Sharon (participants of Public Arts: Pericles company)
    • Met former technical apprentice Tamykha & technical apprentices Olivia & Kelsey as they worked on chandeliers.
    • Met & discussed the learning & educational work on touring programmes across the UK with Jenna Omeltschenko (Touring Partnerships Manager) & Lisa Burger (Executive Director, NT)
    • Watched Year Six students from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden perform War Horse (in remembrance of Armistice Day)
    • Venue: Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX, UK

    January 23, 2019

  32. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended the judging of the Endeavour Fund Awards

    • Venue: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

    January 21, 2019

  33. The Duchess of Sussex received the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern MP (Prime Minister of New Zealand).

    • Venue: Kensington Palace

    January 16, 2019

  34. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron Mayhew officially visited her Patronage.

    • Met staff, volunteers, participants & dogs
    • Venue: Trenmar Gardens, London NW10
  35. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended Cirque du Soleil’s Première of TOTEM

    • Fundraiser for Sentebale
    • Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

    January 14, 2019

  36. Duke & Duchess of Sussex visited Birkenhead

    • Visited Hamilton Square
    • Viewed ‘Futility’ (Sculpture honoring the War Poet & soldier W. Owen)
    • Unveiled Plaque
    • Met Veterans & Members of Birkenhead Institute Old Boys
    • Walkabout
    • Venue: Hamilton Square, Birkenhead
  37. Visited Number 7 (a ‘Feeding Birkenhead” citizen’s supermarket & community café)

    • Toured the supermarket
    • Met customers
    • Meghan presented Angela Midgley with a Moses basket and a hamper packed with baby clothes and toiletries
    • Unveiled plaque officially opening Number 7
    • Venue: 7 Princes Pavement, Birkenhead CH41 2XY
  38. Visited Tomorrow’s Women Wirral

    • Sussexes met participants & staff
    • Meghan met women in Knit n Knat Workshop
    • Harry met women in Floral Arrangement Workshop
    • Venue: Beckwith St East, Birkenhead CH41 3JE
  39. Visited the Hive Wirral Youth Zone

    • Watched children perform a dance
    • Met children
    • Meghan briefly spoke
    • Unveiled plaque & officially opened Hive Wirral Youth Zone
    • Venue: Bright St, Birkenhead CH41 4EA

    January 10, 2019

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  40. The Duchess of Sussex, Patron, Smart Works officially visited her Patronage.

    • Discussed Smart Works’ impact with staff, participants & volunteers
    • Assisted participants with styling their outfits
    • Venue: St. Charles Hospital, Exmoor Street, London W10
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