The Duchess of Sussex was all this smiles this evening as she stepped up for the first time since opening up about ‘difficult’ life inside the royal family.
Attending the One Young World Summit at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Meghan, 38, appeared be in high spirits as she dished out hugs to those running the event.
She is vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has partnered with One Young World for the four-day summit.
More than 2,000 young people from 190 countries attended the event, which is described as a type of ‘global forum for young leaders’.
The duchess arrived in a long purple Aritzia dress, teamed with navy heels and minimal jewellery.
She was last seen wearing the dress while pregnant with Archie during a visit to Birkenhead in January this year.
Meghan received the loudest cheer during the opening ceremony as she walked through the audience with the other One Young World counsellors on stage.
The duchess was then seated on stage next to Nobel Peace Prize recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus and appeared to clap enthusiastically during the proceedings.
Her lone appearance comes just days after she and Prince Harry opened up about their mental health in a documentary showcasing their time together in Africa.
Speaking to journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan revealed that her British friends had warned her away from entering the royal family.
She explained how life in the British public eye had affected her over the last year, stating that she had tried to keep a ‘stiff upper lip’, despite the notion being ‘probably really damaging’.
Since the documentary aired on ITV, a source close to Harry and Meghan told CNN that the couple had ‘single-handedly modernised the monarchy’.
However, they added that the Sussexes were surrounded by people ‘afraid of and inexperienced’ at how best to ‘deploy their value’.
Prince William is said to have expressed his concern yesterday after the couple were said to be in a ‘fragile place’ during their Africa tour.
A Kensington Palace source said the Duke of Cambridge was ‘worried’ about Harry and hoped that he was doing ‘all right’.
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