Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador

Lester Mason
April 18, 2018

Prince Harry's new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador was announced by Kensington Palace last week and is created to "highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth, on both United Kingdom engagements and overseas tours to Commonwealth countries".

In a heartfelt speech that included tributes to both his grandmother, the Queen, and his father, the Prince of Wales, Harry told a room of Commonwealth youth representatives that he would strive to "listen" to their concerns and ideas.

The prince said he looked for inspiration from the Queen, highlighting her famous 21st birthday speech in Cape Town in 1947.

At the Commonwealth Youth Forum, the 33-year-old told the audience that he is "incredibly grateful" that the "woman I'm about to marry" will soon join him in his newfound role.

"Every one of us here today can be thankful that it is a long life the Queen is as yet getting a charge out of", he said. You want your nations to be cleaner, your planet to be greener, your friends and neighbours to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter their ethnicity, their religion or their status'.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that Charles should not automatically take over from the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, suggesting the holder of the post could be decided on a rotational basis.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland sidestepped questions over her personal preference during a TV interview on Sunday, saying that the 53 heads of government "will make a decision in whatever way they determine".

Prince Henry of Wales, popularly known as Prince Harry, disclosed this while speaking at the opening session of the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London. He will aim to create links between young people and youth leaders, encouraging them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of their generation.

In an announcement, Buckingham Palace said in excess of 60 percent of the Commonwealth's 2.4 billion individuals were younger than 30.

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