Meghan Markle makes her work debut alongside Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William

Meghan Markle today said “women don’t need to find their voice” – they need people to listen” – as the royal fab four carried out their first public engagement together.

She spoke out as she joined fiancé Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event in the City to showcase their charity work.

Speaking at the event themed “Making a Difference”, Ms Markle admitted she was “very excited” to begin her work with the Royal Foundation, calling the work her future husband, and brother and sister-in-law had already done “tremendous”.

She told an audience she had experience working with both international charities and smaller organisations, which worked well because of a “lot less red tape”.

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She hinted towards focussing on women and girls’ rights in the work she does.

“Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, they need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen,” she said.

“I think right now in the climate where we are seeing so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them…and that makes such a tremendous difference.”

Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge at today’s event

The American bride-to-be wore a navy Jason Wu outfit, while the pregnant Duchess wore a royal blue Seraphine dress.

Kate said, “Many of you came together to advise us, and help us, to develop and implement our ideas. I am sure the impact we had as a whole, by engaging on this together, was the reason we were so successful in pushing these issues further into the public consciousness.

“The long-term focus is another unique feature of The Foundation and central to the way it operates. Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through The Foundation is genuinely long-term. 

“The work we do can, and should, have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason, we are able to support causes which we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Rather than just for a few months or years. 

“Like The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and The Prince of Wales, we feel strongly that we have to take a long-term view that is measured in generations.

“This perspective allows us to take time to really learn about and understand the issues, and then assemble the right group of experts and partners to form coalitions to create sustainable solutions,” she said.

“It is an unusual and privileged position to be in, but I do think this long-term view will ultimately help us make a difference in the areas that we care so passionately about.” blog identified Ms Markle’s dress as Wu’s Crepe Back Satin Belted Wrap Dress, which costs around £1,372.

Prince William described today’s event as a “special day” and said he was “particularly happy” that his future sister-in-law had joined him, Kate and Harry at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum.

Ms Markle will formally become the fourth patron of foundation following her wedding to Harry on May 19.

Harry told the event: “We’re pretty tied up with planning a wedding but we want to make as much of a difference as we can.”

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