Prince Harry to marry OYW Counsellor Meghan Markle

Prince Harry will marry actress and One Young World Counsellor, Meghan Markle next spring. The couple, who have been dating since 2016, got engaged earlier this month.

Markle served as a One Young World (OYW) Counsellor at the 2014 Dublin and 2016 Ottawa Summits. 

Cofounder of OYW Kate Robertson commented, "OYW extends our warmest congratulations to Meghan and His Royal Highness. We're delighted to welcome Meghan to London and wish the couple every happiness."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Markle is a graduate of Northwestern University.. At the age of 11, she wrote to Hillary Clinton and other high-profile figures about a soap advertisement, which Markle felt implied women belonged in the kitchen. As a result of her letter, the company was forced to alter its advertisement.

Markle has always been involved in politics and humanitarian issues, primarily focusing on gender equality. She worked with the US embassy in Buenos Aires in 2002, and in 2016, she worked as Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and traveled to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She is also involved with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate.  In 2015, she received a standing ovation from an audience including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a speech she made on International Women's Day.

At the OYW 2014 Summit in Dublin, she sat on a panel challenging gender stereotypes and bias in the media:

Markle is best known for her lead role on Suits. She has also appeared in several television and film productions, including Get Him to the Greek, A Lot Like Love, Horrible Bosses, CSI, CSI: Miami, Without A Trace, and as FBI special agent, Amy Jessup in Fringe.

Writing about One Young World on TheTig.Com, Meghan Markle said: “When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World my response was a resounding ‘yes.’ One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good. They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”

“The energy is palpable and to be able to be part of that is an honour”, she added.

Markle also featured in a Vanity Fair shoot alongside President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, writer Fatima Bhutto, and women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul.

Congratulations Meghan!