Meghan Markle, 41, spoke about motherhood and life after marriage in her address to the 2,000-strong crowd at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Her supporters flocked to social media to point out how the former US actress made her husband blush with her emotional speech.
Meghan said she was ‘thrilled’ to have her husband by her side as she made her first in-person speech in the UK since quitting as a senior working royal more than two years ago.
The couple’s outing was their first public appearance in Britain since returning for the Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee in June.
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Royal fans were left gushing this evening after the Duchess of Sussex seemingly made Prince Harry blush during her speech at the One Young World summit
Meghan, 41, spoke about motherhood and life after marriage in her address to the 2,000-strong crowd at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Her supporters flocked to social media to point out how the former US actress made her husband blush with her emotional speech
Meghan said when she first joined the organisation she was ‘young’ and ‘ambitious’.
‘I was the girl from Suits. I was surrounded by world leaders and I was invited to pull up a seat at the table,’ she said. I wasn’t sure that I belonged. I doubted whether I was deserving to have a seat at the table.’
She said by 2019 her life ‘changed rather significantly’, explaining: ‘I was now married and I was now a mum. I’m thrilled that my husband is able to join me this time to see first hand my respect for this organisation.’
Commenting on Harry ‘blushing’ after his wife’s comments, one social media said: ‘They never miss an opportunity to express pride in being with each other. It’s natural for them.
‘it also shows how much they love each other, support each other, complement each other. The fact that Harry is blushing is just adorable.’
Reaction: Commenting on Harry ‘blushing’ after his wife’s comments, one social media said: ‘They never miss an opportunity to express pride in being with each other. It’s natural for them.’
The event brought together young leaders from more than 190 countries and where Meghan, a counsellor for One Young World, gave an address on gender equality.
Meghan smiled and held hands with the duke as they made their way through the auditorium, ahead of taking to the stage in front of 2,000 young leaders.
Harry and Meghan sat centre stage on a bench together as they joined One Young World counsellors to watch the flag bearers enthusiastically parading the flags of more than 200 countries during the opening ceremony.
Mother-of-two Meghan swayed in time to the music, which included Dancing In The Streets and Respect, as she clapped her hands.
Looking stylish! Meghan (pictured left) is thought to have completed her vivid red outfit with a pair of heels from her favoured Italian brand Aquazzura
Meghan smiled and held hands with the duke as they made their way through the auditorium, ahead of taking to the stage in front of 2,000 young leaders
She then addressed the audience, telling young future world leaders: ‘You are the future… you are the present… You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change across the globe now, in this very moment. And for that I am so grateful to be in your company today.’
Where else will Harry and Meghan visit on their European tour?
Tuesday, 6 September: Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023
After Monday’s trip to Manchester, the Sussexes will travel to Dusseldorf on Tuesday to mark a year before Harry’s next Invictus Games.
Harry previously announced the sixth games would be held in September 2023. He and Meghan attended the 2022 Invictus Games last April in the Netherlands.
Wednesday, 9 September
The Sussexes have no official plans on Wednesday. They have not said whether they intend to visit with the Queen who is at Balmoral in Scotland.
Thursday, 8 September: WellChild Awards
The couple will return to Britain for the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday, where Harry will deliver a speech.
The WellChild Awards looks to ‘celebrate the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people, along with those who go that extra mile to make a difference to their lives.’
Meghan also spoke about the first time she was asked to be a counsellor for One Young World in 2014 and having a ‘pinch me moment’.
She recalled: ‘And there I was, the girl from Suits. I was surrounded by world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers and activists that I had such a deep and long-standing respect and admiration for. And I was allowed in, to pull up a seat at the table.
‘I was so overwhelmed by this experience, I think, I think I even saved my little paper place-marker with my name on it. Just proof: proof that I was there, proof that I belonged, because the truth was, I wasn’t sure that I belonged.’
The Duchess continued: ‘Because the truth was, I wasn’t sure that I belonged. I was so nervous, I doubted myself and I wondered, wondered if I was good enough to be there?’ But she added One Young World, ‘saw in me, just as I see in you, the present and the future.’
Meghan added: ‘And I want to make that point because often times I speak to young girls about the years ahead. About what you will do, about what you will have to adopt to fix from previous generations and also what legacy you will leave.
‘Too often in that, we neglect the point – you are doing it now. You, here, in this present moment, this is where it is all beginning.’
Harry and Meghan were earlier pictured going into a side entrance of London Euston after being driven the 27 miles from their UK base at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor to the railway station in a hybrid electric Range Rover – a journey taking about an hour.
The Sussexes were accompanied by two bodyguards and followed by another Range Rover as they were driven out of the grounds of Windsor Castle, ahead of Meghan making her first speech to a British crowd since Megxit.
They had spent the night less than half a mile from Prince William, Kate and their three children – but the families are not expected to meet, in a decision that underlines the deep rift between the brothers.
Meanwhile, the couple’s decision to use at least two private security firms and dog teams to form a ring of steel around Bridgewater Hall comes just days after Meghan told The Cut magazine in the US that it takes ‘a lot of effort’ to forgive and hinted that she can ‘say anything’.
Mother-of-two Meghan (pictured left) swayed in time to the music, which included Dancing In The Streets and Respect, as she clapped her hands
Harry and Meghan greet one of the cofounders of the One Young World summit Kate Robertson
It is understood the couple and event organisers have arranged private security after Harry was told he was no longer entitled to taxpayer-funded official armed police bodyguards. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed its officers were not involved, adding that security for the event had been ‘privately sourced’.
The area outside the 2,300-seat venue was cleared of the public an hour and a half before the couple arrived after 6pm, it was reported.
Harry and Meghan’s trip comes amid Harry’s ongoing legal battle with the Government over his security when in the UK. He launched legal action after he was told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of personal protection after stepping back from the Royal Family in 2020.
He said he did not feel safe under current security arrangements bringing his family here and has offered to pay for British police to act as bodyguards himself. Last month, he won a bid to bring a High Court claim against the Home Office.
Next stop for the couple is Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year To Go event which is taking place on Tuesday, before they return to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London where Harry will speak on Thursday.
The Sussexes are believed to have arrived at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on Saturday ahead of their European tour.