The Duke of Sussex addresses Commonwealth Youth Challenge

The Duke of Sussex addresses Commonwealth Youth Challenge

The Duke of Sussex has delivered a rousing speech at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Challenge at Marlborough House in London.

The event marked the culmination of the Commonwealth Youth leadership workshop, which supports young people working to shape the future of the Commonwealth.

Attending in his role as The Queen's Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, an honour he received earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess met young leaders from around the Commonwealth during the reception.

It’s a role the Prince says he does not take lightly: “After all, this means that I have the opportunity to work alongside 1.4 billion young people across the Commonwealth.”

Indeed, one of his first acts as Ambassador was to announce the new Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships at CHOGM.

During his address, the Duke proudly announced that over 35,000 students from Fiji to Belize are already benefiting from these scholarships, with more to come next year, and encouraged all present to apply for one themselves.

Addressing all gathered, Prince Harry delivered an encouraging speech.

“If there is one group of young people who can rise to the challenge of solving the world's greatest problems -- I know we've come to the right place!”

“This week… You have been asked to help envision what we all strive for: a Commonwealth that is steeped in fairness, sustainability, prosperity and security.

“Social change is also accelerating, and awareness is quickly turning into action… I am sure many of you will play a role in your own communities to identify problems, but better yet, to develop solutions… I encourage you to think of what you can contribute, and what you can encourage others to contribute as well.”

Harry said Meaghan and himself looked forward to learning about what the youth were doing to better the Commonwealth, and the world, in 2040 and beyond.

Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to seeing more of the Sussexes and hearing more of the Duke’s inspirational speeches as they grace us with their presence later this year on their tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.  Here’s hoping little Archie makes an appearance too!