Last updated on 20/01/2020
Another Vancouver-based charitable organization devoted 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 the Downtown Eastside where Markle’s previous visit was located.
Markle discussed the issues of climate justice and Indigenous rights with members of the organization.
Justice for Girls has had a special consultive status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2009.
Markle also visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre on January 14. The organization offers a safe space for women and children and supportive services.
Her visits are her first public appearances since she and Prince Harry made a surprise announcement that sent shockwaves that they would “step back” from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family, would work towards becoming financially independent, and would divide their time between North America and the U.K.
The announcement came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent a six-week winter vacation in Canada, and were spotted in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island.
On January 13, the Queen said in a statement that she has had “constructive discussions” on the future of her grandson and his family, and that the Royal Family is supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desire to create a new life for themselves.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the Queen stated.
She added the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stated that they do not want to rely upon public funds for their lives.
“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.,” the Queen said.”These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”