LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry has been appointed a Commonwealth youth ambassador, his highest-profile public position so far and a job that may see him working together with his future spouse encouraging younger folks to make use of the community of largely former British colonies.
Queen Elizabeth awarded the place to her 33-year-old grandson who is fifth-in-line to the throne and has led a rebranding of the monarchy in a bid to make it extra trendy and related.
“I know that serving as ambassador to young people I’m going have to try to keep up with you all … my job will be to listen to you, my duty will be to ensure that your ideas, concerns, thoughts and hopes are heard,” Harry advised the opening of a Commonwealth discussion board discussing youth points.
The announcement coincides with the beginning of a summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in London this week, which is able to search to spice up the community at a time when Britain is negotiating its departure from the European Union.
“I’m also incredibly grateful that the woman that I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, in which she too is hugely excited to take part in,” the prince added, drawing applause and cheers from the viewers.
Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.
In an announcement, Buckingham Palace stated greater than 60 p.c of the Commonwealth’s 2.four billion folks have been below the age of 30.
The Queen is the top of the Commonwealth, however questions have been raised over whether or not her son and inheritor, Prince Charles, ought to succeed her.
“The Queen clearly is personally very committed to the Commonwealth but after her, maybe it’s a time to say ‘well actually the Commonwealth should decide who its own president is on a rotational basis’,” Jeremy Corbyn, chief of the opposition Labour Party, advised the BBC on Sunday.
Foreign minister Boris Johnson stated it was “a matter for the 53 to decide”.
In his opening speech, Harry praised the queen’s position within the improvement of the Commonwealth, calling her “the ultimate source of guidance in all things Commonwealth,” citing a speech she made in 1947.
“She said that whether her life be long or short, it would be dedicated to the service of the people of the Commonwealth. All of us here today can be grateful that it is a long life the Queen is still enjoying,” he stated.
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Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Andrew Heavens