Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth has appointed Prince Harry as a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, a task that may see him encouraging younger folks to make use of the community of principally former British colonies to deal with their challenges.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, and Meghan Markle watch athletes on the crew trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 on the University of Bath Sports Training Village in Bath, Britain, April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The announcement of Harry’s new job coincides with the beginning of a summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in London this week, which can search to spice up the community at a time when Britain is negotiating its departure from the European Union. [nL8N1QW6E8]

In an announcement, Buckingham Palace mentioned greater than 60 p.c of the Commonwealth’s 2.four billion folks had been beneath the age of 30.

“Prince Harry will work to create links between young people and youth leaders of the Commonwealth and to encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation,” it mentioned.

Harry, who is 33 and fifth-in-line to the throne, has stepped up his public duties and is on the forefront of a rebranding of the monarchy as trendy and related. He will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.

The Queen is the pinnacle of the Commonwealth, however questions have been raised over whether or not her son, 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 mentioned it was “a matter for the 53 to decide”.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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