Duchess Meghan steps out for a surprise visit to Kings College London

By Meaghan Wray

The Duchess of Sussex has had a busy few days packed with secret engagements, from meeting with former First Lady Michelle Obama to attending a private carol service with her husband and his closest friends, where her baby bump was the talk of the town. Meghan has now put on her academic cap on Wednesday (Dec. 5) to make a surprise outing for a cause close to her heart: the importance of higher education.

Meghan met with academics at the research university. Photo: © Instagram/@kensingtonroyal

The mother-to-be stopped by Kings College London to meet with university leaders, academics and international scholarship students to “explore how higher education can help build a better world,” the Association of Commonwealth University reads. Staying true to Meghan’s values and passions, the event touched upon the role of educational institutions in addressing human trafficking and modern-day slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.

Meghan's bump went viral as she and Harry stepped out on Tuesday evening. Photo: © Beretta/Sims/Shutterstock

While the 37-year-old doesn’t have any specific patronages yet, it’s clear to see where her heart lies when it comes to causes she stands up for. While traveling overseas with Prince Harry on their first official royal tour, the former actress addressed students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. During her heartfelt speech, she related to other students who have struggled to financially support themselves during school.

"As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university. I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included. It was with scholarships, financial aid programs, and work study from my earnings from a job on campus that went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university, and without question it was worth every effort." She also made a very poignant point about gender equality: "When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures."

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