Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at King’s College London


Meghan means business! Pregnant duchess dons a simple black top as she makes a surprise appearance at a meeting with academics at King’s College London

  • Duchess of Sussex attended a meeting at King’s College London on Wednesday
  • Mother-to-be Meghan, 37, did not announce the engagement ahead of time 
  • Discussed how higher education can tackle global issues like modern slavery
  • Donned a simple black top for the occasion and kept a pen in hand to jot notes 

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at a meeting of academics in London on Wednesday.

Pregnant Meghan, 37, visited King’s College London in an unannounced engagement, it emerged this evening. 

The royal, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry next spring, joined academics for a round table discussion on how higher education can be used to tackle global issues like human trafficking, modern slavery and gender equality.

Ready to learn: The Duchess of Sussex, 37, made an unannounced visit to King’s College London to attend a meeting with academics on how higher education can be used to tackle global issues. A photo shared this evening shows Meghan at the round table discussion

Focused: The Duchess looked polished yet relaxed in a simple short-sleeved fitted black sweater and kept a pen in hand as she jotted down notes in a notebook

The Duchess looked polished yet relaxed in a simple short-sleeved fitted black sweater and kept a pen in hand as she jotted down notes in a notebook. 

Meghan’s attendance at the meeting of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) was not publicised ahead of time, as is the case with the majority of royal engagements. 


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The event was publicised after the fact when Laura Hammond, professor of development studies at SOAS University London, tweeted: ‘We had an excellent discussion about how research can tackle the problems of slavery and human trafficking. Thanks to HRH Duchess of Sussex for joining us!’

Passionate: Meghan is a passionate proponent of the power of education. Pictured, the royal delivering a speech to students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October

Her tweet was shared alongside a photo of Meghan, sitting at the head of a table and looking engaged as another attendee spoke. 

The ACU said the event was an opportunity to explore how higher education can help build a better world.

Discussions focused on the role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.  

Low profile: Last night the Duchess of Sussex joined husband Prince Harry for a carol service in aid of the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund in Chelsea, London

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The event follows her speech to students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October.

Meghan spoke at the time of her struggle to finance her higher education and her ‘personal feeling of pride and excitement’ when she studied for her degree.

She described the education of women and girls in developing countries as ‘vital’, and called higher education’s impact ‘incredible, impactful and pivotal’.

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