Another charity based in Vancouver dedicated to important social causes has been graced with an appearance by the Duchess of Sussex.
On January 14, Markle visited Justice for Girls, which was formed in 1999 to address the needs and equality of girls and has an office located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, not far from downtown Eastside, where the visit was located Markle’s previous.
Markle discussed climate justice and indigenous rights issues with members of the organization.
Justice for Girls has had a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2009.
Markle also visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center on January 14. The organization offers a safe space for women and children and support services.
Her visits are her first public appearances since she and Prince Harry made a surprise announcement that sent shock waves that they would “step back” from their roles as main members of the Royal Family, work to become financially independent and divide their time between North America and the United Kingdom
The announcement came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent six weeks of winter vacations in Canada, and were seen in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island.
On January 13, the Queen said in a statement that she had “constructive discussions” about the future of her grandson and her family, and that the Royal Family supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desire to create a new life for them.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain members of the royal family who work full time, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while still being a valuable part of my family,” said the Queen.
He added that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stated that they do not want to depend on public funds for their lives.
“Therefore, it was agreed that there will be a transition period in which the Sussex will spend time in Canada and the United Kingdom,” said the Queen. “These are complex issues that my family must resolve, and there is still a lot of work to do. Be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be made in the next few days.”