Prince Harry Appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador

Just a few short weeks before his big wedding, Prince Harry has been appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, according to Kensington Palace.

“In this new role, Prince Harry will highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth,” the Royal Family said in a release.

Harry gave a keynote speech Monday morning at a roundtable discussion of young people participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government activities which begin in London this week. Later this week, Prince Harry and his fianceé Meghan Markle will take part in a reception to promote women’s empowerment, an issue that has been of great interest to Markle in her previous humanitarian work.

“I know that serving as an ambassador to young people I am going to have to try to keep up with you,” Harry said in his remarks at the forum. “I am working now to plan my first year in this role. And my hope is to convene young leaders from across The Commonwealth to discuss how best we can make Commonwealth platforms work for you, and to ensure maximum impact.”

According to a statement by Kensington Palace, more than 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion people are under the age of 30.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Amanda Maile and Carolyn Durand