Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen’s former secretary in awkward moment on International Women’s Day

MEGHAN Markle today received an awkward kiss from the Queen's former secretary as she arrived to join a panel of leading feminists to mark International Women's Day.

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has long championed women's rights – with today seeing her again speak out about issues affecting women.

PA:Press Association11 Lord Geidt, former Private Secretary to Queen, leans in for a kiss
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's Day©Max Mumby11 Meghan Markle was greeted as she arrived to speak for International Women's Day

She today was welcomed to King's College by several staffers – including Lord Geidt, the former Private Secretary to Queen and The Queen's Commonwealth Trust chairman.

The 37-year-old will appear alongside singer Annie Lennox, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard at King's College London.

The panel will be hosted by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which supports and funds young leaders around the world who are working to tackle problems in education, health, the environment and sport.

And in a nod to the the former Suits actress' involvement, she was today announced as the Vice-President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

The Queen is currently patron, and the Duke of Sussex is President.

Today's panel discussion will see her speak alongside Lennox, the founder of The Circle, an organisation supporting and empowering women's lives around the world, while Ms Gillard is chairwoman of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership.

Other members of the panel include Adwoa Aboah, who set up the open social discussion platform Gurls Talk, Chrisann Jarrett, founder of the equal access to higher education campaign Let Us Learn, and Angeline Murimirwa, executive director of the Campaign for Female Education in Africa and co-founder of CAMA, a pan-African network of young female leaders.

The panel will be chaired by Anne McElvoy, senior editor of The Economist and columnist with the Evening Standard.

Meghan has a track record of standing up for women's rights – even calling out a sexist advert when she was just 12-years-old.

Even at 18-years-old Meghan championed being a feminist, calling out radio host Tom Leykis for apparently talking about women "like they are pieces of meat".

The duchess has made women's empowerment a key part of her campaigning work and during her recent tour of Morocco, with the duke, told a group of female executives and entrepreneurs: "Women have to challenge everywhere in the world."

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She also revealed husband Prince Harry was a feminist.

Meghan has been given the blessing of the Royal Family to use her position to fight for feminism.

The royal webpage includes Meghan's famous quote from a United Nations conference in New York in 2015 when she said: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist".

Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayPA:Press Association11 Meghan Markle purses her lips as she greets Lord Geidt, former Private Secretary to Queen and The Queen's Commonwealth Trust chairman
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's Day©Max Mumby11 Meghan Markle arrived for the panel this afternoon
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayAFP or licensors11 The panel was convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayPA:Press Association11 The duchess seemed in good spirits as she arrived
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayAFP11 Meghan Markle cradles her baby bump as she arrives
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayReuters11 The duchess put her hair in a low bun
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayPA:Press Association11 Meghan wore a short black and white dress with a blazer for the panel
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayPA:Press Association11 The duchess was greeted as she arrived at King's College
Meghan Markle gets kiss from Queen's former secretary in awkward moment on International Women's DayAndrew Parsons11 The duchess is a known feminist
Meghan Markle reveals Prince Harry 'is a feminist too' in unearthed video footage

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