Her Majesty is not only the Queen of England, she’s also the queen of gift-giving – and not just the epic Christmas presents her palace staff receive every year! Prince Harry has just become the president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, a special position gifted from grandmother to grandson as announced by the Trust’s website. Their ‘About’ section states that the royal, who’s set to wed Meghan Markle on May 19, has become the head of the charity.
“Our President, Prince Harry, recognises the potential the Commonwealth family has – with this generation’s vision, passion, effort and connectivity – to make a lasting beneficial impact with their ideas for hopeful social change,” the page reads.
Harry is clearly the right man for the job, as the Trust’s projects closely align with the royal’s own values, which include mental health advocacy with Heads Together, advocacy through sport with the Invictus Games and his involvement with WE Day. The Commonwealth Trust’s current missions include eradicating world hunger, increasing access to youth education and the African Prisons Project, which helps Ugandan and Kenyan inmates gain access to legal services and training while incarcerated.
The 33-year-old has close ties with the younger generation, which is part of the reason he’s been chosen to head the foundation. Dr. Sue Onslow, deputy director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, remarked to the Sunday Times, “It’s a very astute move giving Prince Harry a non-political, global role, drawing on his charisma and energy to help keep the Commonwealth and its headship relevant to a younger generation. This is soft-power diplomacy.”
Proving further that Harry is the perfect fit, he and his fiancé have decided to invite many young, inspirational community members to watch them exchange vows at Windsor. Of the lucky ones who’ve scored a seat in the pews is Ontario native Faith Dickinson, who received her Diana Legacy award from Princes William and Harry nearly a year ago after founding the non-profit Cuddles for Cancer.