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Queen shows ‘selfless dedication’ and supports body Harry and Meghan had to leave behind

Queen: Jubilanté Cutting thanks continued support for QCT

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, remains staunchly dedicated to royal duty despite her advancing age and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip earlier this year. On Friday the Queen took part in a video call with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), an organisation Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, were forced to abandon following their decision to quit as senior royals.

Harry was made president of the QCT in 2018 and a year after their wedding Meghan was appointed vice-president.

The Sussexes were enthusiastic in their QCT roles and helped raise the body’s international profile, especially among young people.

Nonetheless, they had to step away from their treasured posts after deciding to quit the Firm.

They have been in the USA since 2020 and earlier this year confirmed they would never return as official royals.

A Palace statement released in February confirmed Harry and Meghan would lose the official posts they held as senior members of the monarchy.

These included Harry’s treasured honorary military titles and a number of the couple’s royal patronages as well as their positions at the head of the QCT.

The Queen is patron of the QCT and this week seemed to fill the gap left by the Sussexes by taking part in a video call with some of the organisation’s young leaders.

The official Royal Family Twitter account shared several clips from the special engagement.

The first tweet read: “This week, The Queen joined young leaders supported by @queenscomtrust to discuss their remarkable work.

“QCT supports young people across The Commonwealth who are driving change in their communities.

“#DYK people under 30 make up 60% of The Commonwealth population?”

Reacting to the Queen’s latest engagement, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The Queen’s video call with young leaders to discuss their work for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust of which she is Patron, has highlighted her commitment to this truly unique and free association of 54 countries.”

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Mr Fitzwilliams added: “She heard how sufferers from domestic violence were being helped in the Maldives, very young children assisted during the pandemic in Guyana and about unemployed youth in Rwanda and cancer sufferers in Britain.”

While the Sussexes helped raise the organisation’s profile, they had their eyes set on achieving other goals, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed.

He added: “Originally Harry and Meghan has been President and Vice President of the Trust but though their involvement would undoubtedly have raised its profile, they had other ambitions.”

Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey rocked the monarchy in March and was broadcast just hours before the Queen’s Commonwealth broadcast.

The awkward clash was “ironic” Mr Fitzwilliam claimed.

He added: “It is ironic that the Queen made her Commonwealth Day broadcast this year a few hours before the Sussexes interview with Oprah, which proved so damaging to the monarchy, was shown in the United States.

“She talked then of ‘selfless dedication to duty’ which she has shown all her life and her commitment gives a special cachet to this video call.”

After it was announced that Meghan and Harry were to step down as the QCT’s president and vice-president, the body shared an official statement.

A QCT spokesman said: “We have been very lucky to have had the keen support and encouragement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in our formative years.

“They have enabled us to make fast progress and have helped us to take the organisation to readiness for its next phase.

“We are glad that they remain in our circle of supporters.”

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